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James Arps

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I have participated in the Ann Arbor SPARK Entrepreneur Boot Camp.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Our first customer was a major manufacturer of Cochlear implants, which we found through a technical conference.

Where did you find your first employee?
Students working in the University of Michigan lab from which the company spun out.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Yes, twice.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Allide Minds is our primary investor.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
There is easy access to a highly educated workforce, airport, reasonable real estate and cost of living and a high quality of life.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
We need to create an even larger, more vibrant biomedical startup environment.

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