Hound Labs, Inc. Names Tamanna Prashar as Chief Operating Officer
Veteran operations and manufacturing leader to focus on innovation, automation, and capacity to meet customer expectations
OAKLAND, Calif. – Aug. 30, 2022 – Hound Labs, Inc., a leader in ultra-sensitive, automated, accurate, and analytical technologies and creator of the HOUND® CANNABIS BREATHALYZER, welcomes Tamanna Prashar as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In her new role, Prashar’s responsibilities will include working closely with customers and suppliers to ensure optimal service levels while navigating supply chain complexities, managing production schedules, ensuring product quality, and optimizing automation to meet the increasing demand for the HOUND® CANNABIS BREATHALYZER. She will report to the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Mike Lynn.
Prashar brings a breadth of experience across high-growth and large public companies in the health technology space. She comes to Hound Labs from Lucira Health, where she was the Executive Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain. While at Lucira, she led the team that partnered with research and design to manufacture and scale their handheld product which became the first molecular solution approved for Covid-19 self-testing at home during the pandemic.
“With Tamanna’s proven track record of innovation and success, she possesses the perfect combination of experience and strategic vision to commercialize and scale the HOUND® CANNABIS BREATHALYZER,” said Dr. Lynn.
“We will immediately benefit from Tamanna’s abilities to build adaptive manufacturing and supply chain footprints that emphasize designing for manufacturability and supply as well as quality.”
– Dr. Mike Lynn, Co-Founder + CEO
Over the years, Prashar has developed best practices for leading transformational change, creating a culture of process excellence, integrating critical business systems, and leveraging supplier partnerships to extend the supply chain. During the pandemic, she created models to accommodate the quickly evolving market and was instrumental in guiding Lucira through a successful IPO.
“I am honored to join the team at Hound Labs and look forward to working to further the mission of balancing workplace safety and employee fairness and privacy,” states Prashar.
“The technology platform developed by the Hound Labs R+D team will transform on-site screening for cannabis. For the first time, employers will have access to an ultra-sensitive and automated solution that reduces opportunities for human error while ensuring accurate and objective instrument-read results. I am excited to use my extensive experience to scale operations and manufacturing to meet the growing need for a cannabis solution developed specifically for employers and employees to address the unique challenges emerging from the modern era of cannabis legalization.”
– Tamanna Prashar, Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Before joining Lucira, Prashar led supply chain and operations functions at Vyaire Medical and Cepheid, a leading molecular diagnostics company. Additionally, Prashar held roles of increasing responsibility and impact across the supply chain and operations within Covidien’s Neurovascular division and Boston Scientific’s cardiac rhythm management business.
Prashar holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Her academic research and analysis have contributed to multiple published journal articles, speaking engagements, and the opportunity to inspire future manufacturing and operations leaders as an adjunct professor of business operations at the Keck Graduate Institute.
About Hound Labs, Inc.
Hound Labs’ ultra-sensitive, automated, accurate, and analytical technologies will pave the way to practical and fair solutions for leading public health and safety issues. Later this year, Hound Labs will begin delivering its first on-site solution – the HOUND® CANNABIS BREATHALYZER, which allows employers and law enforcement to identify recent cannabis use. Dr. Mike Lynn, emergency room physician, reserve deputy sheriff, and former venture capitalist, founded Hound Labs, Inc. in 2014. Benchmark, EEC, Icon Ventures, Intrinsic Capital Partners, NFP Ventures, Tuatara Capital, and individual investors have funded the Company.
1 The HOUND® CANNABIS BREATHALYZER is intended to detect recent marijuana use. It does not measure whether, or how much, a person is impaired. It is intended solely for use in employment, law enforcement, and insurance settings. It should not be used for any medical or therapeutic purposes, or for any Federal drug testing programs, such as programs run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. military.