RI Innovator Series: PrO2 Health

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Bringing an idea from concept to market is a long and arduous path. PrO2 Health, an early stage startup company, has introduced the first multi-platform device to offer a proven inspiratory muscle training workout. PrO2 is a pocket size device with a companion app that displays a wearer’s Fatigue Index Test (FIT) score, useful for athletes, musicians and medical monitoring. It’s already showing dramatic results and is the only product that was clinically proven, in a UK trial, to improve respiratory health for those with long-COVID symptoms.

The cofounders will join us for an Innovator Series panel to talk about their experience, challenges and solutions around:

  • The process of designing a personalized digital device that meets a healthcare need from concept to marketable device.
  • Testing it on sports teams and consumers.
  • The path to FDA approval.
  • How they financed, marketed and launched it.


  • Carol Malysz, Executive Director, RI Bio


  • Robert Bouthillier, CEO & Cofounder

Bob has led the development of more than 65 products in various engineering and executive roles in robotics, patient monitoring and treatment systems, surgical laser systems, medical wearable products, vision systems and AI/ML enabled systems. A URI graduate, Bob is the CEO of PrO2 Health and the Director of Engineering for the Radius Innovation division of Jabil, the world’s largest healthcare product manufacturer.

  • Mike Zelina, CTO & Cofounder

With a background in mechanical engineering, Mike co-founded PrO2; serves as a software engineer at DesignNet Technical Products; and is owner of Zelina Design Group. He has over 20 years experience providing software consulting services in the legal fields of patents, trade secrets and intellectual property.


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