Mark A. Hanson, Ph.D.

Health Technologist and Entrepreneur


I design health and wellness products. I received a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia creating wearable, wireless technologies to assess the health of those living with movement disorders such as Parkinson's and essential tremor. My work resulted in new clinical innovations, 16 publications, and coverage in Computer magazine, Healthcare IT News, and Medgadget. I currently lead technology and product development at a venture-backed startup, BeClose, which I co-founded in 2009. Our approach combines "internet of things," wireless sensing with cloud-based, artificial intelligence to promote peace-of-mind for caregivers and independence for those they care for. We have been featured in TechCrunch, The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, ABC News, NBC News, and Money Magazine. BeClose has also been recognized by Frost & Sullivan and MedCity News as one of the top technology innovators in healthcare. I enjoy meeting people with similar interests and projects, so feel free to contact me if you wish to share ideas.