What We Do

We set babies on a lifelong pathway of language learning, unlocking developmental benefits only available during infancy.
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How We Do It

smallTalk™ is an Ohio-based consumer technology startup that is developing technology licensed from the Baby Brain Optimization Project Research Lab (BBOP Lab) of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio.


The smallTalk Paci™ is the first in our line of BabyTech products that enable infants to engage with foreign language. Our products are designed with patent-pending active learning concepts, using an age- appropriate intentional action from the baby to trigger a reaction from the product – audio of our exclusive content created specifically for babies.


Meet the Team

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Dean Koch

Chief Executive Officer

An experienced startup executive & entrepreneur.

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Dr. Nathalie Maitre

Chief Science Officer

A physician scientist specializing in infant brain development.

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Annalisa Perfetto, Ph.D.

Learning & Language Specialist

A professionally certified Foreign Language Instructor and Educational Therapist who holds a doctorate in literacy.

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Jessica Melton

Director of Brand Strategy

A seasoned marketer & community builder in the startup space.

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