Engineer and Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

Along with her degree, when Annelies Tjebbes graduates in May, she’ll have in her hands an award-winning product and an impressive volunteer experience. In her undergraduate years, she co-founded Kaizen Biomedical, and together with her team, they invented MobiChill: a blanket that induces therapeutic hypothermia to cardiac arrest patients and reduces the risk of long-term side effects such as neurological damage. They have already won first place for the product at the 2012 Enterprize Canada National Business Plan and are getting ready to put MobiChill on the market.

Aside from her entrepreneur endeavours, Annelies is dedicated to finding practical solutions for developing countries, as exemplified in her work with Engineers Without Borders. With a position waiting for her at a BC medical device company she previously worked for as a co-op student, Annelies continues to make a difference in the world.

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