Dr Angelique Johnson on starting a Medical Device Outsource Manufacturer, MEMStim

Dr Angelique Johnson on starting a Medical Device Outsource Manufacturer, MEMStim

Dr Angelique Johnson is the founder and CEO of MEMStim which is a leading global medical device outsource manufacturer (MDO) serving the neurostimulation market, based in Louisville, KY.

***This podcast is sponsored by Iris Biomedical, check out their Neurotech Startup Services here***

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?"

 

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