Mary Lou Jepsen, PhD, CEO and founder of Openwater, will give a special lecture on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound. Jepsen will pull from her three-decade career in technology development and production for her lecture entitled “Can a Consumer Electronics Wearable Leapfrog MR and Ultrasound Imaging and Revolutionize Focused Ultrasound Therapy?” 

Dr. Jepsen was an engineering executive at Facebook, Oculus, Google[x] and Intel as well as a founder of four startups including One Laptop per Child where she was CTO, chief architect and delivered to mass production the $100 laptop.  Her startup CEO experience includes the world’s only fabless display screen company which was based in Taipei. She has been a professor at MIT and is an inventor on over 100 published or issued patents in the last 5 years alone. 

Most recently, Dr. Jepsen is the founder of Openwater whose goal is to see deep into the body with the detail of a high resolution 3D camera. The implications are broad for both healthcare and for communication directly with thought. 

“Mary Lou’s ability to envision today’s technology applied in innovative ways that solve tomorrow’s problems across disciplines is invaluable,” says Foundation Chairman, Neal F. Kassell, MD. “She has an impressive background and experience bringing inventions to the mass market, and her insights offer much that can be translated into medical device commercialization.”

“Massively increasing access to medical imaging by making it portable and low cost dovetails nicely into low-cost accessible focused ultrasound,” said Dr. Jepsen. “This is why we are thrilled to collaborate with the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and join this biennial symposium.”

Dr. Jepsen has been recognized with many awards including: TIME magazine’s “Time 100” as one of the 100 most influential people in the world; a CNN top 10 thinker; and by the leading global professional societies in optics, display and electronics.

The 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound will take place October 21-25, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia.