Our company was founded in 2009 by Rebecca Bright and Swapnil Gadgil. With complementary areas of expertise (Speech Therapy & telecommunication respectively) they believed that they could use their knowledge and experience to exploit new technology to make people's lives better.
Rebecca started her career as a speech pathologist in Melbourne after graduating from LaTrobe University in 2001. After working in the health system in both Melbourne and London, Rebecca started a successful private practice. Specialising in working with people after a brain injury, Rebecca found she had an increasing interest in using technology to deliver therapy or to support the communication of her clients. In 2010 she identified the need for a text based communication app that would reduce the need for the cumbersome aids that were available at the time. She designed Predictable with Therapy Box co-founder Swapnil Gadgil which drew on her understanding of AAC, and the needs of people with neurological communication disabilities. Following the success of Predictable, Rebecca's background has been an essential component in designing apps to meet the needs of other groups of clients. Rebecca's experience as a mum of two also provides inspiration for the language acquisition and pre-school phonology and language apps. Rebecca was awarded an Everywoman Award in 2013 recognising her impact in the field and in 2016 Her Majesty the Queen announced Rebecca was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honour's List.
Swapnil's commercial career in the telecoms sector was put to the side when Therapy Box's business started taking off. Swapnil's academic and commercial background in information systems and business has allowed Therapy Box to grow to be the leading technology company in the assistive communication field and to develop ground breaking R&D projects which include eye tracking, word prediction, machine learning and speech recognition. Under Swapnil's leadership the company has seen its apps downloaded over 200,000 times; grown to a team of 15 and been awarded a number of prestigious awards recognising the success of the business in innovation and design.