After spending over 14 years in optical networking sales, I became intrigued with optics in medicine. I could not understand why we could not see more in the human body by using fiber optics, and thus avoid diagnostic surgeries. I began NII in December, 2009, with not much money but a ton of desire and energy. Our goal was, and still is, to develop a handheld, non-contact, non-invasive, handheld devices that combines optical imaging with ultrasound to detect real-time bleeding in the brain. After a number of years of unsuccessfully working to obtain funding for this technology, we developed the vein illumination technology, which will benefit the lives of every patient on the planet.