Jessica Traver

Jessica Traver, 25—CEO, IntuiTap Medical

Traver, who has a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue Univeristy and previously worked for ophthalmic company Iridex, is the CEO of IntuiTap Medical. The IntuiTap device was created to simplify and improve spinal tap procedures. The device's technology combines spine imaging, needle guidance, analytics, a digital pressure sensor, and fluid collection system.

The design was informed by the more than 250 hours Traver and her team spent in clinical rotations to pinpoint...

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Omron Blauo

Omron Blauo, 25—CEO, Telescrypts

Blauo founded Telescrypts to offer high-quality, inexpensive wearable healthcare technology to remote populations in developing countries. The platform includes a durable sensor that is worn on a person's wrist. The sensor wirelessly collects patient data and that information is stored in the cloud. The data can be used by clinicians using a mobile platform. The technology is being piloted in Africa.

The company has locations outside the United States in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Arusha, Tanzania...

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Sivakumar Palaniswamy

Sivakumar Palaniswamy, 26—Cofounder and CTO, NeoLight LLC

Trained as a biomedical engineer, Palaniswamy cofounded Neolight, a company focused on innovative medical devices for infants. He was inspired to develop the company's business model after observing overcrowding in neonatal intensive care units in India. He helped develop the company's first product, the Skylife device for phototherapy jaundice treatment for newborns. The device can be used in hospitals and at home. According to information on the...

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Jocelyn Brown

Jocelyn Brown, 28—Product Manager of Medical Devices, 3rd Stone Design

Brown, previously a resident of Malawi, invented the Pumani bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (bCPAP) to be used by babies with respiratory distress syndrome. The device costs just 1/15th of the price of bCPAP machines in the United States, making it ideal for rural settings in developing countries. Pumani has CE Mark, ISO 13485 status, and is available for purchase. 

The low-cost and easy-to-use device has tripled the survival rate of babies with respiratory distress syndrome,...

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Kenneth Shinozuka

Kenneth Shinozuka, 17—CEO, SensaRx

Shinozuka is the youngest person on our list, but his youth hasn't stopped him from tackling a major problem. Inspired by a problem he witnessed firsthand with a loved one, he created the SafeWander system to alert caregivers when patients wander. The system consists of a small sensor worn by the patient, a gateway plugged in near the patient's bed, and a mobile device app. Caregivers are alerted by the system when a patient gets up.    

Besides leading a company and...

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Charvi Shetty

Charvi Shetty, 25—Founder and CEO, KNOX Medical

Shetty cofounded KNOX Medical, the company behind the Aeris device for asthma management. Aeris includes an accurate, portable spirometer, a technology previously only used in hospitals, to help asthma patients measure and monitor their lung function to potentially prevent asthma attacks.

Shetty earned her bioengineering degree from the University of California, Berkeley before getting her Master's degree in biomedical imaging from the University of California, San Francisco....

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Demetri Monovoukas

Demetri Monovoukas, 23—Student at Johns Hopkins Biodesign Program

As a masters student at the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design at Johns Hopkins University, Monovoukas was part of a team that created Salient ENT, a drug delivery device for the paranasal sinuses. That device won first prize in the Center's Student Healthcare Design Competition earlier this year. Monovoukas explains that the Salient ENT team identified the need for the device after spending time shadowing otolaryngologists....

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Jeffrey Dick

Jeffrey Dick, 26—National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Center for Electrochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin

Dick is passionate about using electrochemistry to create an ultra-sensitive, highly specific diagnostic technique to detect a single virus particle in a sample. With colleagues with expertise in virology, he used a highly specific antibody and glucometer technology to develop a method capable of detecting single viruses from a sample of mouse urine. He told...

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Derek Mathers

Derek Mathers, 24—Director of R&D at Worrell, Adjunct Professor of 3-D Printing at the University of Minnesota

After graduating from college two years ago, Mathers started in Business Development at Worrell, a healthcare innovation company that designs and prototypes devices, services, and therapies for OEMs and startups. He was attracted to the position because of its focus on product development and the opportunity to use 3-D printing in healthcare applications. 3-D printing is a passion for Mathers and he teaches a class on the subject at the University of Minnesota.

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Anne-Marie Schoonbeek

Anne-Marie Schoonbeek, 27—MBA candidate, Harvard Business School

Schoonbeek didn't come to the medical device industry via the traditional routes of engineering or medicine. She became familiar with the industry while working as a strategy consultant at McKinsey and was attracted to the vitally important role its challenges play in society.

Schoonbeek chose to enroll at Harvard Business School to, among other things, understand how Boston's community of medical innovators is tackling healthcare problems. At an MIT-organized event, she met members of the...

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