Thalmic Labs Continues Rapid Growth with Addition of Jari Niemela as Vice President of Engineering

Former CEO of NUVIZ Inc., Brings Engineering Experience from Nokia and Microsoft to Growing Wearable Technology Company

WATERLOO, ON, July 11, 2017 /CNW/ - Thalmic Labs, pioneers of the future of human-computer interaction and creators of the Myo Armband, today announces Jari Niemela as Vice President of Engineering. This addition marks another milestone in the the growth and evolution of Thalmic Labs, which raised $120M USD in venture funding last year led by Intel Capital, the Amazon Alexa Fund and Fidelity Investments Canada. Thalmic also recently opened a new office in San Francisco and a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Waterloo.

Niemela brings 20 years of experience in engineering leadership, having previously worked for Nokia, Microsoft and most recently, NUVIZ Inc. where he led the senior team as CEO. In his new role, Niemela will oversee all aspects of engineering at Thalmic Labs, with a specific focus on hardware leadership.

"The team at Thalmic is talented, vibrant and incredibly ambitious," said Niemela. "We share a similar outlook for the future of wearable technology and I'm excited to bring my experience to the table. When I joined Nokia many years ago and cellular technology was in its infancy, I saw endless potential. Today we're at a similar crossroads for wearable technology. Once again, I see endless potential in the market."

Niemela will play a critical role in driving forward Thalmic's vision for technology that creating technology that fits the lives of humans, rather than the other way around.

"Jari's engineering expertise will support our mission to create products that will amplify what it means to be human, creating technology that improves our lives, rather than taking us away from them" said Matthew Bailey, Co-Founder of Thalmic Labs. "He will be instrumental in providing strong leadership for our entire engineering team. Jari's practical experience is exactly what we need to make our vision a reality."

Thalmic Labs is pioneering hardware and software that will change the way people interact with computers and shape the future of wearable technology. The work is fascinating and there's never been a better time to live in Canada. For more information and to view open job positions, visit thalmic.com/careers

About Thalmic Labs

Thalmic Labs is pioneering new ways of interacting with digital devices. With a mission to build technology for humans, the company is revolutionizing how we will interact with the world in the future. Its first product, the Myo™ armband, measures electrical activity in muscles to wirelessly control computers, phones, and other digital technologies.

Founded in 2012 by three graduates of the University of Waterloo's mechatronics engineering program (Stephen Lake, Matthew Bailey, Aaron Grant), Thalmic Labs has grown to a world-leading team of engineers, researchers, and creators committed to building the future of wearable technology. Thalmic Labs has raised over $140M USD to date from investors including Amazon Alexa Fund, Spark Capital, Intel Capital, Y Combinator and others.

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For further information: Media Contact: Matthew Dicker, Narrative, 647.966.7849, matthew.dicker@narrative.ca

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