Kristin Brune brings a background and knowledge in biochemistry research and medical device development, design thinking/biodesign, and competitive regulatory strategies.
At the University of California, Davis, she performed research in the field of clinical glycomics, specifically, characterizing and analyzing glycans on intestinal epithelial cell components and their correlation with cell differentiation and cancer progression.
In 2011, while participating in a Creative Skills for Innovation course at Google, Brune was introduced to design thinking which she has leveraged throughout her educational and professional journey. During her graduate studies at Cornell University, she led a cross-functional team in a collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine, designing a biomaterial delivery device for the repair of herniated intervertebral discs, throughout which she implemented the design thinking/biodesign process, and a scrum framework.
She also has used design thinking, along with the TRIZ inventive problem-solving methodology, to consult companies on future technology trends. Most recently, she applied her skills and background while working with a team of engineers to develop and pitch a business plan for a regenerative medicine technology.
Brune holds a Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University, along with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Davis.