Tim Skapek, CTO & Co-founder, Protect3d
Tim is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of PROTECT3D (“protected”), a seed-stage startup advancing 3D technology to create custom-fabricated, anatomically-precise medical devices including braces, splints, orthotics, and pads. While pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at Duke University, he started this venture with two of his classmates and teammates on the Duke Football team. At an early stage in his career, Tim has a broad technical foundation of software, mechanical, and design engineering, enabling him to guide development of technology at the intersection these disciplines. In its 3-year history thus far, PROTECT3D has won multiple earl stage grants from entities including the NFL and the state of North Carolina, and the team has created a turnkey solution for athletic training teams at professional and college sports programs. Tim leads project management efforts for the team as well, an important area of emphasis as they expand and adapt this technology to the general orthopedic space. Tim lives in Durham, NC, having remained close to the Duke community to grow this venture.