Kayla Wilson, PhD

Kayla Wilson, PhD

Project Manager

Dr. Wilson became a Biomedical Engineer to bring transformative solutions to patients in need. Her work has focused on a variety of chronic health conditions where a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s perspective is needed to develop the right solution. Dr. Wilson earned her PhD in Bioengineering at Clemson University where she developed two diagnostics: a low-cost blood glucose monitoring system and a Point-of-Care diagnostic platform for diabetes. Her designs were based on research in low-resource settings, where devices from resource-rich areas often fail, in order to create solutions that could be sustainable from a business perspective while addressing the needs of the end users. In 2014, Dr. Wilson led the first team outside of MIT to win the Lemelson-MIT CureIt! Prize for the low-cost blood glucose monitoring design, and she went on to become a co-founder in a company based on its design.

Dr. Wilson’s background in medical device start-ups brings a variety and depth of project management and commercialization expertise to FirstString. In addition to designing for low-resource settings, Dr. Wilson has worked on devices for other chronic health conditions in more developed areas including vascular repair grafts and dialysis accesses. Regardless of the patient population and medical challenge, she has focused on the unique constraints that govern clinical and commercial success. Dr. Wilson is well-equipped to help bring the incredible FirstString Research product portfolio to market so it can benefit those with unmet needs.