University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Innovation Fellows Alumni

Laura Paulsen

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LAURA PAULSEN, MS (2012-2014)

Laura Paulsen is a 2014 graduate of the Innovation Fellows Program. She was a fellow for 2 years; during the second year of the fellowship, she was a joint fellow between Life Science Alley and the Medical Devices Center.

Currently Laura is at business school at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts and expecting to graduate in June 2016. She is focusing her program in medical devices and healthcare and also supporting initiatives at the MIT Media Lab to bring medical device innovation to India.

Prior to the fellowship, 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.

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. In December 2014 she qualified for the US Olympic Trials in the marathon. She was a 4-time NCAA All-American in cross-country and track and field at Johns Hopkins and now races for the Greater Boston Track Club.


(Last updated January 2015)

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