Nia’s CEO Interviewed For 3DHEALS 2018 Conference
In advance of the 2018 3DHEALS Conference, taking place in San Francisco on April 20-21, 2018, Dr. Jenny Chen interviewed Nia’s CEO, Jerry Evans, about his thoughts on 3D printing.
Mr. Evans will be attending the conference on behalf of Nia Technologies.
The following is an excerpt of the interview. You can read the full interview here.
Jenny: When was the first encounter you had with 3D printing? What was that experience like? What were you thinking at that moment?
Jerry: I had read about 3D printers and first saw one in action at a consumer electronics show. My initial thought was, ‘hmmm, a molecular assembler’; and quickly came to realize this is just the beginning for 3D printing. As this technology matures, I believe it will revolutionize our ability to produce anything our imaginations can conjure up.
Jenny: What inspired you to start your journey/company/career/research in 3D printing (bio-fabrication/bio-printing)?
Jerry: As an investment banker, I became disenchanted with the pursuit of alpha (return margin). When I was presented with the opportunity to head up Nia Technologies Inc. and to develop new digital technologies that would help children in resource-poor countries walk, play and attend school, I knew I had found my calling.
Jenny: Who inspired you the most along this journey in 3D printing? This can be a mentor, a patient, a celebrity, anyone basically. You can name more than one as well.
Jerry: When we first started exploring the idea of using 3D printers to produce prosthetics and orthotics, we came across a 4-year-old (congenital amputee) girl in Uganda, named Roseline. She and her 12-year-old brother traveled an epic 35 hours to see us at CoRSU hospital where we were conducting our first clinical trials of 3D PrintAbility (our prosthetics and orthotics 3D printing toolchain). Roseline was the first patient to receive one of our 3D printed transtibial devices. This was also the first time that Roseline would walk on her own two feet. Witnessing Roseline take her first steps ever was an overwhelming experience, bringing tears to everyone’s eyes who had seen this joyous moment.
Jenny: What motivates you the most for your work?
Jerry: Seeing the joy on the faces of disabled children when they can play with their able-bodied friends.