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Professor And Students Launch Company To Solve Design Challenges

Professor Heather Canavan

02/16 Professor Heather Canavan had a practice of giving her students extra credit for using their knowledge to design products for real-world problems. She's also a breast cancer survivor and she used these experiences to launch Adaptive Biomedical Design with doctoral student Phong Nguyen in 2017.

Tye Martin

The startup has brought together students and other potential inventors, including health care workers, to create inventions like a new way to prep for colonoscopies that incorporates boba tea.

Phong Nguyen at Lobo Rainforest

And Marty Adamsmith talks about the increased tension around nuclear weapons since the election of Donald Trump with PhD student Martin Pfeiffer for the segment "No One's Ever Gonna Read This." Find the full interview here.


Professor Heather Canavan, director, Adaptive Biomedical Design

Phong Nguyen, co-founder, Adaptive Biomedical Design

Tye Martin, inventor and student, Adaptive Biomedical Design

Wendy Simms-Small, nurse, UNM Health Sciences Center

Martin Pfeiffer, PhD student at University of New Mexico

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