Gen Dowd

Class of 2022-2023

Boston University, 2022
Biomedical Engineering Major

Why did you choose ESTEEM? 

I chose ESTEEM because I feel that it will bridge the gap between my technical background and entrepreneurial interests to pursue my ultimate ambition: helping members of underserved communities with physical disabilities or chronic illnesses by designing accessible, equitable medical devices.

What is your capstone project and why are you excited about it? 

For my capstone project, I am working with Dr. Matthew Webber to evaluate the market need for an alternative to daily syringe- and pen-based canine insulin injectable. The market landscape and need will be assessed for technologies including trans cutaneous micro needle patches or long-lasting drug delivery depots for canines.

My capstone project will focus on an initial evaluation of the current market for alternative, long-lasting insulin delivery in diabetic canines. Based on this evaluation, I will identify a need for this improved technology and subsequently determine the cost tolerance for a micro needle patch. I am very eager to ultimately recommend a launch strategy for this prospective start-up that will foster a successful future for the business.

What do you hope to do after ESTEEM? 

After ESTEEM I am open to any opportunity that allows me to innovate in the biomedical space while underlining my public health interests. I would ideally like to enter the biotech or pharma spaces.

What do you like to do in your free time?

When I'm not working I'm usually walking my dog, Charlie, or crocheting.