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In 2010, non-profit product development company D-Rev cut projects to focus on two areas of medical device design – mobility and neonatal products – with a mission to improve health and incomes of people living on less than $4 a day. Three years later, their two flagship products, the ReMotion JaipurKnee and Brilliance, are in use and starting to scale globally using the market. As a result of their work, D-Rev was recently named one of Fast Company’s 2013 50 Most Innovative Companies. Krista Donaldson, CEO of D-Rev, will talk about the JaipurKnee and Brilliance projects and lessons learned about moving products from conceptual design (where many projects get stuck) through commercialization, scaling, and now, impact assessment (which they also view as a design project).
Krista Donaldson has driven innovation in product design, engineering, and international development for more than 15 years. Her leadership has won Krista acclaim as a Silicon Valley "40 Under 40" winner, a TEDx and Clinton Global Initiative speaker, and she was recently named to the Public Interest Design 100. She is a 2010-2012 Rainer Arnhold Fellow and a 2011 Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow
Prior to D-Rev, Krista served as a Diplomacy Fellow in the U.S. Department of State's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where she guided economic policy and the reconstruction of Iraq's electricity sector. Her work there earned recognition for its impact on bilateral relations. From 1998 to 2001, she worked as a design engineer and researcher with KickStart International (formerly ApproTEC) in Nairobi, Kenya. She also has worked at the product design firm IDEO
A native of Nova Scotia, Krista holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University as well as a MSE (Product Design), MSME and a PhD from Stanford University. Her doctoral work was among the first to focus on engineering and social entrepreneurship in less industrialized economies. Krista has taught at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya and South Africa's University of Cape Town. She is currently a lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University.