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When Stephanie Weiss started university, a biomedical engineering degree seemed a random choice to most other people. But it was a well thought out plan for the Moriah College graduate.

“I’ve always loved math, and I wanted to do something that would make a physical difference to the world,” she said AJN.

She knew that she wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. That’s exactly what she’s working on with her start-up, Arula, which prints external breast prostheses for women who have had a single or double mastectomy.

Just weeks after Weiss founded the company, he was sent to San Francisco to attend Y Combinator, one of the top start-up programs in the world. While Arula did not make it to the next phase of the program, it was the only Australian company to receive a grant for the most promising start-ups.

Back home, Weiss made it through a program called Start Mate, received re-investment funding, and was then awarded an $80,000 grant as a successful Boosting Female Founders Initiative recipient.

Weiss made the product — which is Medicare exempt — patented it and began the testing process.

Explaining that about 40 percent of women don’t get reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy, Weiss stresses that customization is a big part of the product.

“It’s a unique design so women don’t feel like they should settle for something that ‘kind of’ fits them. Rather they have something that fits their size and makes them feel comfortable.” Is.”

Weiss also focuses on the ‘lightness’ of the prosthetic, ensuring it feels as natural as possible.

“I have been able to research incredible medical innovations, and I think this is an area that is under-served… it seemed like such a simple product. [to create], We are living in a world where prostheses work with the brain – arms and legs and things like that. And yet, there hasn’t been that much innovation in this area in the last 20 or 30 years,” she said, explaining that a breast prosthesis only goes into a woman’s bra – there’s no ‘mechanism’ behind it.

She also noted that women who can’t have reconstructive surgery — some too thin, too young or too old — have lost a part of themselves that they want to give back. This is an issue that pertains to women’s fashion as well.

“The way women’s fashion works, breasts are always accounted for. So, so many of these women have had to throw out so many clothes. I remember a woman saying that her dream was just a wrap again. It’s a way of wearing a dress. It’s a way to tangibly change one’s life.”

While Weiss is still in the testing phase, it is expected to hit the market by next year.

To learn more, visit arula.com.au. go to

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