Natalie Wisniewski


Natalie brings her experience as a Company Building Partner and member of the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board at Material Impact Fund where she helps launch and build start-ups.  Chief among her start-up experience is Profusa, where she conceived the IP for tissue integrating sensor, built the company road map, enlisted top talent, secured funding, and took the technology from concept to product commercialization.

Natalie was a member of Profusa’s BOD, served as the CTO and secured $90M of DARPA, NIH funds and investor funds. Winner of the NIH Transformative Research Award, she is a recognized leader in sensors, foreign body response, and mobile health. Natalie serves on the advisory boards of several start-up companies, the NSF Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technology (ASSIST), and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University.

In addition to her entrepreneurial career, she was a business consultant at McKinsey & Company and a consumer products developer at Kimberly-Clark. She has over two decades of regulatory, clinical, and technical consulting experience in the medical device and diagnostics industry. In her free time, she serves on the board of World Possible Sierra Leone, a non-profit dedicated to bringing the world’s knowledge to rural Sierra Leone through EdTech innovations.

Natalie received a B.S. from Purdue and a Ph.D. from Duke University.