University of Minnesota


Medical Devices Center

Innovation Fellows Alumni

Laura Paulsen

LAURA PAULSEN, MS (2012-2014)

Laura Paulsen is a second year innovation fellow as well as the inaugural joint fellow between Life Science Alley and the Medical Devices Center. During this second year she will be working to move technologies from her first year of the fellowship forward, gain knowledge and experience in medical device company assessments and growth with Life Science Alley, and collaborate with her new colleagues to discover and pursue new medical device opportunities.

Laura graduated with a master's degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University in December 2011. While at Duke and for a few months after graduating, she helped develop their medical device innovation focus of biomedical engineering. In the summer of 2012 she led a team of undergraduates through the device design process as part of an NIH-funded practicum in medical device innovation.

Prior to Duke, Laura received her bachelor's of science degree also in biomedical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in May 2010. At Johns Hopkins she was part of two biomedical engineering design teams where she collaborated with a small group of peers to design, create, provisionally patent, and test these medical devices. She has also competed in many business plan competitions across the country, being successful most notably at the MIT 100k Business Plan Competition and Duke University Start Up Challenge Elevator Pitch Competition.

Laura has also conducted clinical research all over the world, including in Belgium and China as well as at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Her focuses have been primarily in orthopedics and medical genetics. Her most recent clinical research was done at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the summer of 2011 conducting research resulting in a publication promoting a new 3D surface topography scanner for monitoring children with scoliosis created at CHW. Previous work has also resulted in publications in journals including Science and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

In her free time Laura is an avid runner. She was a 4-time NCAA All-American in cross-country and track and field at Johns Hopkins and team captain for 2 years. She is always looking for new running partners and road races and continues to train at a high level.


(Last updated Aug. 2013)

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