Industrial Material, Biomaterials


Natalie is Co-Founder and CTO of Profusa, where she conceived the technical approach, co-built the company road map, enlisted top talent and secured start-up funding. Natalie leads Profusa’s technology development efforts and the grants program, which has secured $10M of DARPA and NIH funds. Natalie is the co-inventor of Profusa’s tissue-integrating biosensor technology and optical reader. Winner of the NIH Transformative Research Award, she is a recognized leader in understanding the body’s reaction to foreign materials and the design of bioengineered sensors. In addition to her science career, she was a business consultant at McKinsey & Company and a consumer products developer at Kimberly-Clark. She has nearly two decades of regulatory, clinical and technical consulting experience in the medical device industry. Natalie earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in collaboration with the Karolinska Institute where she developed her passion for continuous monitoring of body chemistries.