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Top 3 Takeaways:
- "Our true competitors are actually not microfab but actually hand assembly, manual assembly"
- "I'm an accidental entrepreneur- the more I pitched, the more I thought about the business idea, the more I talked to actual customers the more I realized like, Hey, there's actually a need and we actually have a pretty good revenue model for meeting that need."
- "Kentucky actually matches investment and grant dollars depending on where your grants come from."
0:45 "Do you wanna introduce yourself better than I did?"
2:45 How did you make 3D cochlear device out of 2D microfabrication?
4:40 "Tell me about the founding of MEMStim"
8:00 Are you guys moving away from MEMS and towards 3D printing only?
9:00 Is the future 3D printed soft materials?
10:15 Iris Biomedical ad sponsorship
11:00 "Who are your customers right now?"
13:45 "What does the design process look like?"
16:15 "Have you helped companies get through ISO certifications and FDA approvals?"
18:30 "Do you guys do the implantable pulse generator or do you just do the electrodes?"
21:00 "Are you guys also prepared to ramp that up into actual production?"
22:45 "Do you have any advice for how you've survived for so long?
29:45 "What are the last five years that looked like and what are the next five years look like?"
31:00 "You're based in Kentucky, Louisville. Is there any reason for that?"
33:15 "Is there anything that we didn't talk about that you wanted to mention?"