Amira Idris Radovic
Amira Idris Radovic is CEO and founder of TheraV, a startup company developing wearable devices to help manage amputation and nerve pain. Amira was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and in 2001, at the age of nine, immigrated to Virginia with her family. A social entrepreneur with a passion for helping people, Amira has a master’s degree from the University of Delaware in entrepreneurship and design and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, with minors in biomechanical and bioelectrical engineering. While pursuing her degrees, Amira ran on the women’s track and field Division I team, and holds the university’s record in the long and triple jump.
As a child, Amira was inspired to become a biomedical engineer by her father, a civil engineer, and sci-fi movies like Robocop. Her fascination with using technology to give humans super abilities led her to work in a prosthetic clinic during her junior year as an undergraduate. There she was exposed to the mental and physical pain that comes with limb loss. The issue of phantom limb pain stood out for her in particular, because of the limited solutions available to address it. Amira learned that over 1.6 million people in the United States, and over 8 million people globally, suffered from this pain, but unfortunately many suffer in silence due to the psychological stigma associated with phantom limb pain.
She spent the next four years immersing herself in the amputee community to learn how she could better address the issue of amputation pain management. She developed the TheraV ELIX, a patent-pending drug-free wearable device that uses vibration therapy to manage phantom limb pain. The TheraV ELIX works by applying customized vibrations to the residual limb to disrupt the pain signals to the brain. Since its launch in the summer of 2018, the TheraV ELIX has helped over 100 amputees (including 50 veterans) overcome phantom limb pain.
Amira is a proud fellow of VentureWell, Horn Entrepreneurship, Halcyon Incubator, NextFab Accelerator, and the National Science Foundation I-Corps.
Amira enjoys using her talents and skills to develop products that help people live better. She seizes opportunities that allow her to assist underserved communities and markets. She gives back to her community through speaking engagements and mentoring others. During her leisure time, Amira enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Matija Radovic, and her family.