University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Innovation Fellow

Sanjay Dhwan

Braden Eliason
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BRADEN ELIASON, BS (2020-2021)

Braden Eliason was born and raised in Shoreview, Minnesota. He developed a passion for medical technology as a high schooler while helping with laser tumor ablation research at the University of Minnesota. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned his degree in biomedical engineering with a minor in electrical engineering. During his studies, he researched biomaterials with a focus on surgically-implanted meshes.

After graduating, Braden worked at Kablooe Design, where he had the opportunity to help large and small companies develop medical devices. In addition to inventing and prototyping medical devices, he also designed and led user research activities, including contextual inquiries and formative usability studies. He has worked on a wide range of devices including an advanced feeding tube, an ophthalmic drug delivery device, and a next-generation RF surgical console. Most recently, Braden served as the CTO of CranioVation, a start-up company developing a novel, non-invasive, and targeted treatment for glioblastoma multiforme.

Braden is an avid inventor and entrepreneur with many published patents and more on the way. His patents include a mathematical framework for mapping heart behavior and an award-winning, low-cost spirometer. Braden is also a student of the design process. He is passionate about imagining and bringing about the future of product design.

In his free time, Braden enjoys 3D printing, camping, and reading about the history of math and science.


(Last Updated July 2020)

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