An EPSCoR-supported scientist, Dr. Angelique Johnson will be the featured speaker at the 2019 UK Women Innovators Network Conference. As a faculty member at the University of Louisville, Dr. Johnson first received EPSCoR support for her research in 2013. Since 2017, Dr. Johnson’s company MEMStim, LLC has hosted summer EPSCoR Internships for underrepresented students pursuing degrees in engineering with a focus on biomedical technology.

As founder and CEO of MEMStim, Dr. Johnson has led her company through innovating how electrode arrays in cochlear implants are manufactured. Using automated micro-fabrication, instead of costly hand-made manufacturing, Johnson is able to lower the cost of production, making implants more affordable to patients in need. In 2020, MEMStim plans to move to new facilities better equipped for R&D and manufacturing. Aside from growing her business, Dr. Johnson is dedicated to building community, serving in leadership roles and working to foster an overall environment that is accommodating to entrepreneurs of all types, particularly women and minorities.

UKWIN Conference 2019

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ballroom 212A, UK Gatton Student Center
1600 Avenue of Champions
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

The UK Women Innovators Network (UKWIN) program has a mission to increase the number of UK women who participate in innovation. This includes getting women involved and prepared to take leadership roles in all stages of the commercialization process – from idea generation, through research and discovery, to patenting, and ultimately to products and processes in the marketplace. UKWIN will provide a forum for women innovators that is supportive and allows them to exchange experience, advice, and strategies for taking their innovations to the next level.


Dr. Angelique Johnson

Dr. Angelique Johnson is CEO/founder of MEMStim LLC, a company that produces implantable electronics to treat neurological disorders. With a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, her work on microfabricated electrode arrays has resulted in several national and international patents, funding from the NSF and NIH, and a feature on the cover of Hearing Research. As an expert in Lean Startup Methodology, Dr. Johnson has educated several founders on how to build successful companies. She is an authority on innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Johnson has delivered a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill, served as a speaker for the eighth district of the Federal Reserve, and delivered several international talks. She has been featured on NBC Universal, National Public Radio, The Root news site, Louisville Insider, Business First, and other media outlets. Passionate about people as well as entrepreneurship, Dr. Johnson has led numerous outreach programs to promote tech careers to underrepresented minorities and women. One such program involved her traveling to Abu Dhabi to increase opportunities in STEM for Middle Eastern and North African Women. Dr. Johnson is CEO/Founder of Vissionaireum, an organization that promotes, trains and equips underrepresented entrepreneurs.

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