Our Story

Sapien LLC was formed in the spring of 2014 by founders Joel Moritz Jr, and Dr. John Williams. 

Sapien sponsors and collaborates on neuroscience, prosthetic, and veterinary research at Colorado State University. We are interested in developing and using technology to enable and enhance people. We have developed a number of research tools and software packages that are currently used in university studies involving humans and animals. We work with researchers and entrepreneurs to move this technology from the laboratory to the marketplace.

We have a team of mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineers, and we collaborate with local developers for our web related projects. 

Our team has published manuscripts in neuroscience and assistive technology journals. We have over 25 years combined experience in industry. 

Research (enable, augment, evolve)

Evaluation of electrical tongue stimulation for communication of audio information to the brain

Non reparative solutions to damaged or impaired sensory systems have proven highly
effective in many applications but are generally underutilized. For auditory disorders, traditional
reparative solutions such as hearing aids and implant technology are limited in their ability to
treat neurological causes of hearing loss. A method to provide auditory information to a user via
the lingual nerve is proposed.

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Development of a Sensory Substitution API

Sensory substitution – or the practice of mapping information from one sensory modality to
another – has been shown to be a viable technique for non-invasive sensory replacement and
augmentation. With the rise in popularity, ubiquity, and capability of mobile devices and wearable
electronics, sensory substitution research has seen a resurgence in recent years. Due to the standard
features of mobile/wearable electronics such as Bluetooth, multicore processing, and audio recording,
these devices can be used to drive sensory substitution systems

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Our Team

Joel Moritz, Jr.

Founder and president

John Williams


Matt Schultz

Lead Electrical Engineer

Ian Huber

Mechanical Engineer

Tom Morrison

Biomedical/Electrical Engineer

Emily Bergum

Biomedical/Mechanical Engineering Intern

Leslie Stone-Roy

CSU Collaborator

Marco Martinez

Collaborator, Contract Engineer and Mobile Developer