About Us

Medmonk helps pharmacists obtain funding for patients who cannot afford their out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses.

Medmonk is based on the premise that it's in everyone's best interest for medications to be used regardless of price. Patients get the care and medications they need, insurers are protected against larger claims, and pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies get maximum use of their medications.

Co-founder Somaira Punjwani, an HIV specialty pharmacist, had to invent a process as an alternative to turning away patients who struggled with their co-pay. She did this manually for over three years with overwhelming positive feedback from grateful patients who could now afford their medications.

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Leadership Team


Abbas Mehdi


Chief Executive Officer

Before founding Medmonk, Abbas was the Product Manager for iolo technologies in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to that he worked for Research In Motion (maker of BlackBerry) as a computer scientist on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). Abbas holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.


Ashar Hasan

R.Ph., MBA

Chief Business Development Officer

Prior to joining Medmonk, Ashar led Walgreens' Immunoglobulin Program to become one of the largest of its kind in the country. He came to Walgreens through the acquisition of Rx Solutions, of which he was President and CEO and led the company to be the largest (and fastest growing) specialty injectables provider in the Midwest. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Crescent Healthcare and Regional Infusion Manager for Apria Healthcare.


Somaira Punjwani

Pharm. D.

Chief Clinical Officer

Somaira comes to Medmonk with over 10 years of pharmacy experience. She spent her career with Walgreens as a lead pharmacist at a specialty pharmacy focused on treating HIV, Oncology, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hepatitis.


Yong Li


Chief Technology Officer

Yong comes to Medmonk with over seven years of experience at major technology companies, including Microsoft. He holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Software Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Board of Advisors


Zod (Farzad) Nazem

Chief Technology Officer

Yahoo! Inc. (1996-2007)

Zod was Chief Technology Officer at Yahoo! and is one of the company’s longest-serving executives.


Bill Evans

Head of Physician Technology

Genentech, Inc.

Bill leads Genentech's technology team responsible for physician-facing services.