The world of MOBY is created by a global team of experts with specialties in autonomous mobility, medical technology and innovation, based in Berlin, Germany and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Since our founding in 2020, we have grown to a team of 12 representing eight different nationalities. We combine engineering, healthcare, and operational expertise to develop our products.
Our name Sphaira, derived from ancient Greek, echoes today in words such as 'atmosphere', 'biosphere', and simply 'sphere', each embodying the protection of the grandeur and diversity of our world. Because where we come from—protecting and helping isolation patients and their loved ones—this is the right name for us.
Sphaira also symbolizes our habitat—earth, and that shapes our core values. We are dedicated to fostering community, promoting mobility, driving impact, and safeguarding our shared home.
Janis began his career as a software engineer before becoming an entrepreneur, founding his first company in 2001. He deepened his understanding of business fundamentals through completing his MBA at Germany’s #1 school for Entrepreneurship, HHL Leipzig and spent 3-years working on M&A in New York City.
Janis returned to Germany in 2017 to focus on healthcare, collaborating with startups to foster groundbreaking advancements in this space. His passion is the intersection of healthcare and technology. In 2020, he launched Sphaira, leveraging the rich mobility history of Germany with cutting edge tech theory.
A sphaira, derived from the ancient Greek, is an orb and symbol of power. Because of the essential power of human connection and MOBY’s spherical shape made this the right name for us.
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Berlin-based Charite is Germany’s largest hospital and ranked as the 7th best hospital in Newsweek’s 2023 global rankings. We have been working with Charité since early 2021 where we worked collaboratively with clinicians on defining initial use-cases. We are launching a joint study with their pediatric oncology unit in summer 2023 which will represent the first time MOBY P1 will be used by patients.
We partnered with Medical Park to define the mobility and protection needs of a hospital while refining our early product vision. Medical Park is a private, 3,100 bed hospital system, operating 13 facilities across Germany that specialize in prevention and post-operative rehab.
Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) is Germany’s second largest hospital with 2,600 beds across its two campuses. Our partnership will span across two phases, first utilizing our P1 device to transport infectious patients within their facility and second using our A1 device to transport all non-bedridden patients autonomously.
In Spring 2023 we joined Nvidia’s Inception Program which is designed to help startups have greater access to its cutting-edge technology and its vast network of leaders in the AI space. Nvidia, a driving force behind the AI revolution, will empower our technology as we embark on the journey to create the future of autonomous patient mobility.
Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is a development bank and promotional institute of the state of Berlin. A primary focus for IBB is funding innovative, technology-oriented companies based in Berlin. The IBB was a key participant in our seed financing round and a committed partner as we continue to grow in the flourishing Berlin technology ecosystem.
MotionLab is a maker space and hardtech innovation hub in the heart of Berlin which enables innovative mobility companies to collaborate and grow. We are proud to have partnered with MotionLab since 2021 where we built and showcased early prototypes. Their community’s early support was an invaluable launching pad for our technology.