According to two persons familiar with the matter, a founding member of Elon Musks Neuralink has left the company in recent weeks. Paul Merolla, who founded Neuralink in 2016 and worked on its chip design program, is no longer employed by the San Francisco area business, according to sources. The reason for Merola's departure and his career plans cannot be determined.
According to the two sources, Merola and Musk were eight individuals who helped set up Neuralink six years ago. Only one Neuralink founding member, implant engineer Dongjin DJ Seo, is still with the company other than Musk, who was listed in a January corporate filing as the company's chief executive.
Max Hodak, the previous president of Neuralinks, was one of the other founders, who collaborated closely with Musk on the project's launch. It's unknown if any difficulties at Neuralink contributed to the departures.
In a 2019 presentation, Musk stated that Neuralink planned to get regulatory approval for trials to implant chips into humans by the end of 2020, but the firm has yet to receive such an approval or bring a product to market. Musk, who is also CEO of Tesla, describes Neuralink's goals as offering a Fitbit in your skull.
Merola worked as a research scientist at an IBM Corps brain-inspired computing organization prior to her joining Neuralink.
Neuralink, based in Fremont, California, has around 300 employees and counts Google Ventures as its investors.
Elon Musk and Shivon Zilis, a senior executive at Neuralink, had twins in November of 2021, according to reports.
According to court filings, Musk and Zilis filed a petition to change the name of the twins so that they have their fathers' last names as part of their middle names. A month later, a Texas judge approves the petition.
Thomson Reuters 2022