Richard Hanbury

Richard Hanbury

Inventor - Sana a neuromodulation platform for pain relief which he developed to eradicate his own life-threatening pain problem following a spinal-chord injury from a jeep crash near Sana in Yemen in 1992, its now his life’s mission to help others.

Boulder Co
Member since June 12, 2020
Develiped Sana to save on life from chronic pain, now I am on a lifelong mission to bring pain relief to millions. Quote_down
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2001 Wharton School of Finance , MBA , Healthcare Entrepreneurship
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I am a(n):


Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Sana Health Inc
Companies I work or worked for:
McKinsey & Company
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):

Built first Sana device to save myself from a life expectancy of 5 years, following jeep crash in the Yemen

If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

Serendipitously fell into it...

Why did you start your company or why do you want to innovate inside your company?

Started my company once I new that the first prototype device had saved my life. When after 6 months of no pain I finally accepted that I had fixed my own pain, I then started thinking about who else I could help. Started the company to help millions of people.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Fundraising is certainly the most frustrating aspect. I love inventing, making things and helping people, and fundraising is the task that is necessary to make that happen.
Rewarding is when someone rings you up at 8am on Thanksgiving morning, and says "you don't know more, but I just had to tell you, your device saved my life, thank you."

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

No clue on the general.. Not even sure what my biggest has been. But close to the top has to be thinking of credibility as a bar you have to cross, where in fact it is more of a ladder. Before you even get to MVP, think MVD - minimal viable data - to get to the next step.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

minimal viable data - as above.
without your team your dream goes nowhere
without money to pay your team, your team cant function.

Full bio

Richard Hanbury is the founder of Sana Health; a neuromodulation platform for pain relief and deep relaxation. Richard developed the technology behind Sana to eradicate his own life-threatening pain problem following a spinal cord injury from a jeep crash near Sana in Yemen in 1992.


Richard has an MBA (Healthcare) from the Wharton School, and  DipLaw (College of Law London). The original benchtop device removed all his nerve damage pain in 3 months, saving his life. He has spent 25 years developing the Sana technology from the original benchtop device to the current device undergoing clinical trials.


Sana uses pulsed light and sound, and a heart rate variability feedback loop, to guide the user into a deep state of relaxation. Clinical trials have just been completed in Opioid Use Disorder and Fibromyalgia. Sana is launching in Fibromyalgia in 2020.