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Elizabeth Johansen, B.S.

Elizabeth Johansen


B.S. Engineering, Harvey Mudd College

Areas Of Interest

Global Health Medical Devices Diagnostics Technology for Poverty Alleviation Human-Centered Design Product Design Diversity in STEM


Social Entrepreneur Award, Social Capital Markets (SOCAP)
Design that Matters Firefly Newborn Phototherapy - 7 product design awards including IDEA IDSA, Edison, Spark!, & Good Green Design
Design that Matters - National Design Award, Smithsonianki


Elizabeth is an independent consultant in product design, design research & strategy and human factors. She is currently working with Third Pole, a start-up designing a family of nitric oxide delivery devices for use in hospitals and homes. In addition, Elizabeth works with Jana Care, a start-up social enterprise providing affordable tools for managing chronic disease including rapid diagnostic kits, smartphone-integrated hardware, and lifestyle management apps.

Prior to consulting, Elizabeth was a director at Diagnostics For All and Design that Matters, and a project lead at IDEO. Her favorite product launches include the Eli Lilly Kiwkpen insulin injector for diabetes produced in quantities of 50 million per year, and Firefly phototherapy, now treating newborns with jaundice in 18 developing countries. Elizabeth is also on the Board of Advisors for Care 2 Clinics, a social enterprise model for community-based healthcare delivery in Haiti.

Elizabeth looks forward to tackling newborn hypothermia as part of the teaching team in Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship.

Select Publications

Using Human-Centered Design to Ensure Usability and Define the Target Market for Two Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Global Health
Poster Session, Rethinking Global Health at MIT, 2016