About us

Soundbites Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) is a women-owned medical school spinout on a mission to keep hearing by addressing the root causes of the problem of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), a disability that affects the quality of life and livelihood of 1.2 billion people globally. Our goal is to measurably reduce the worldwide social and economic burdens of hearing loss.

We think differently about the hearing loss problem. Our research defied convention by following the prescription drug development process to a different endpoint, inventing a safe supplement. Soundbites PBC rests on the foundation of three decades of basic and translational auditory neuroscience research at the University of Michigan Medical School, led by our late chief scientist Dr. Josef M. (Joe) Miller.

Soundbites Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) was formed in 2019 by Dr. Miller’s family and friends to continue Dr. Miller’s legacy and realize his lifelong vision by bringing his breakthrough ACEMg innovation out of the research lab and making it available to everyone under the Soundbites brand, under an exclusive University of Michigan patent license to his life’s work.

Barry Seifer - Fulfillment Officer

Barry co-founded the predecessor company Hearing Health Science with Dr. Josef Miller, and served as its CEO from 2010 to 2018. He was responsible for patent prosecution, and is the co-inventor on several ACEMg patents. From 2012 to 2017 he served as a Principal Investigator on the European Commission grant to the ACEMg research innovation consortium, responsible for pharmaceutical product development, clinical medicine manufacturing, pharmaceutical compliance, and commercialization strategy. BA, University of California, Berkeley; MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art; Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), London.

Lettie Minor - Communications director

Lettie is a nonprofit digital marketing and strategic communications specialist with more than a decade of experience focused on community development for youth. BA, Lake Forest College; MA, strategic communications, American University.

Our story

Soundbites is the breakthrough product of auditory neuroscience research in the field of hearing preservation. Soundbites, known in medical journals as the ACEMg formula, was developed at the University of Michigan Medical School by a team led by Josef M (Joe) Miller, PhD (1937-2017), one of the world’s leading auditory neuroscientists and a pioneer in the field of inner ear biology.