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Meet the Entrepreneur is a series aimed at educating our faculty, staff, and students on the how-tos of becoming an entrepreneur. These monthly lunch-and-learn sessions will spotlight entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds as they share the paths taken on their road to building a startup company. Our goal is to share the strategies and success stories of those who have pursued discoveries in pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices, health-related information technologies, and much more. The seminars will also be a way to foster opportunities for collaboration between existing companies and faculty, staff, and students as we strive to further our research mission.

Next Session:

Dr. Lisa Friis

March 10, 2021
12:00-1:00pm (CST)

This is a webinar meeting.
Instructions to join will be emailed after registration.

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Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Lisa Friis, Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering at KU and co-founder of Evoke Medical LLC. Dr. Friis joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2001. Before coming to KU, Dr. Friis was a Research Scientist at a private medical research lab from 1987-2001. Her main research interests are in biomaterials and biomechanics, with emphasis in spine biomechanics and mechanical testing and design of implants.

In 2014, Lisa co-founded Evoke Medical, LLC to help commercialize the KU piezoelectric implant technology for accelerated bone healing. Evoke Medical has been awarded NIH STTR Phase I and SBIR Phase 2 grants to further develop and commercialize a piezoelectric spinal fusion implant. Since this is a platform technology, Lisa continues to work with her KU research team to further explore other implant applications and understand the basic science mechanism of action of the mechanically synced electrical stimulation generated by the implant design. 

Lisa has a passion for translational research and has led several efforts at KU to incorporate technology entrepreneurship education into the engineering curriculum. In 2004, Lisa was a Kauffman Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholar and was in the charter class of an entrepreneurial development program (PIPELINE) in 2007. She helped develop the Product Design and Development track in the Bioengineering Graduate program and served as its Co-Director from 2007-2020. She served as the Director of the Graduate Fellowship Program for the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation from 2009-2011.  In 2019, Lisa was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers.

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