Our Mission

We are a medical device company developing light therapies for the 40 million people in the US with inflammatory skin disease. Our initial focus is psoriasis. In addition to physical symptoms, such as itchiness and soreness, some psoriasis patients report emotional responses which include feelings of embarrassment, worry and depression. At Luma, we want to give these patients power over their own skin.

We work hard every day to help people get clear skin with safe, effective and easy-to-use, affordable therapies.

Our goal is to develop an at-home treatment that will put psoriasis in remission for an extended period of time after only a few weeks of therapy.

Our Story

Our founder, Evan Anderson, has psoriasis. The story of how illuvinate came about is Evan’s story.

Read Evan's Story

Meet Our Team

Evan Anderson
Founder, CEO

Evan Anderson has spent the last two decades developing and commercializing new medical technologies. As an R&D engineer at Guidant (later Boston Scientific) and Maquet Cardiovascular, Evan worked on the development of several next-generation products within the cardiovascular space. In 2008, Evan joined Spiracur, a start-up in the wound care space working as both an R&D manager and a sales account executive. In 2013, Evan founded Luma Therapeutics, with the goal of developing effective treatments for patients with inflammatory skin disease.
Evan received an MS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western University and a BS in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Material Science and a minor in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a 2004 graduate of the Stanford Biodesign Program.

Jeff Sugarman, MD PhD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Sugarman is a founder and practicing physician at Redwood Family Dermatology in Santa Rosa, CA. He is board-certified in both pediatrics and dermatology. Dr. Sugarman received the National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training grant and obtained a Ph.D. in biomedical science and an M.D. from UC San Diego. He completed his training in dermatology and his fellowship in pediatric dermatology at UC San Francisco, where he currently holds the role of Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology. Dr. Sugarman received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Sugarman joined Luma as the company’s Chief Medical Officer in 2015.

Greg Liu
Chief Operating Officer

Greg has over 20 years of product development and operations experience with 15 years in the medical device industry. He was the founding R&D lead for a new Otology platform at Acclarent through an acquisition by J&J (now Tusker Medical), supported datacenter development programs at Google, manufacturing engineering at Google[x], and was a founding member of Verily Life Sciences leading medical device strategic partnerships and core technology development. Greg holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Maureen Shay
Senior Director of Marketing

Maureen has worked in the field of medical device marketing since 2008. After pursing her MBA, Maureen joined Medtronic’s Leadership Development Program where she worked in both the Cardiovasular and Diabetes divisions. Subsequent to Medtronic, Maureen has worked at start-ups, including iScience and Neuropace. Her marketing experience includes pipeline marketing, market development and downstream marketing. At Luma, Maureen is responsible for all physician and patient marketing efforts.
Maureen received her BS degree from Ohio State University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Chris Pell
Director of Engineering

Pell has spent the last 10 years in early-stage medical device development. He co-founded his first medical device company while in graduate school in 2009 where he designed and brought to market a scar-free minimally invasive surgical system. He was a design consultant for Tarsus Medical which was acquired by Integra LifeSciences. At Raptor Surgical, he helped design an Achilles Tendon repair system that was acquired by Stryker Howmedica. He oversaw development of novel small bone fixation plates for Exo Toe.

Outside of the medical space he has developed and brought to market new products in education technology (Luidia) and consumer electronics (Revolights).

Chris received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara. He was also a participant in the Stanford Ignite program with the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Adam Martos
Technical Lead

Adam Martos has over 5 years of experience developing early-stage medical products in a startup environment. Prior to joining Luma Therapeutics, Adam was involved in development of a mitral valve repair product. At Luma, he is a technical lead for the design of the hydrogel dressing. Adam holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Tara Gholami
R&D Engineer

Tara first started working at Luma Therapeutics as an intern in the summer of 2016 when she was working towards her Master’s of Mechanical Engineering degree at Stanford University. Her desire to build her career in the medical industry, where she could make a tangible improvement to the well-being of others, lined up perfectly with the company’s ultimate vision of irradiating suffering from inflammatory skin disease. This led her to enthusiastically return to Luma as an R&D Engineer after her degree conferral from Stanford.

She has since been developing hardware and firmware and managing software development at Luma Therapeutics. Tara received her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mechatronics from the University of Calgary and was the first recipient of the Order of the White Rose Scholarship. Outside of engineering, she is also passionate about yoga and practices on most days of the week!

Join Our Team

We’re hiring!  Luma offers competitive compensation, including equity, health/dental/vision benefits, and vacation.