Former graduate student of biomedical engineering Marianne Black has been named one of B.C. Business’s 30 Under 30 for 2015. Black co-founded Arbutus Medical Inc., a company that makes surgical drill covers for typical hardware-store drills that can be properly sanitized. Black began the project during her master’s at UBC and has deployed the drill cover to hospitals in Uganda where nearly 2,000 patients have been treated using this technology. The covers are now employed in seven countries where expensive surgical drills are far and few between, with Syria recently added.
Black is now doing her PhD in mechanical engineering at Stanford University and she remains active in Arbutus Medical Inc. She plans to help the company expand further into Africa and beyond and develop more medical devices for cash-strapped hospitals. More information here.