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Former head of UI Labs tapped as CEO of medical 3D printing startup

Written by David

November 18, 2019

Caralynn Nowinski Collens, who stepped down earlier this year as head of federally funded research center UI Labs, is returning to her roots in medicine and startups.

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Collens has signed on as CEO of Dimension Inx , a Northwestern spinout that developed materials for flexible organ and tissue implants that can be created by a 3D printer. The primary use is for reconstructive surgery.

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Dimension grew out of research by Ramille Shah when she led the Tissue Engineering & Additive Manufacturing Lab at Northwestern. She’s now at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Like Collens, Shah is a former Crain’s 40 Under 40 . Collens has a medical degree and an MBA, and she and worked in venture capital and commercializing university research. “Biofabrication is the next generation of manufacturing—in medicine,” Collens said. Adam Jakus, who was a researcher in Shah’s lab, is chief technology […]

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