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Legatum Fellow Alicia Chong Rodriguez named 2021 TED Fellow

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Alicia Chong Rodriguez Selected as a TED2021 Fellow

Bloomer Tech Founder & CEO to join the newest class of 20 global visionaries, sharing their big ideas throughout the events planned for 2021.

NEW YORK, NY, MARCH 30, 2021—Healthcare Technology Entrepreneur and FemTech Catalyst Alicia Chong Rodriguez has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 20 global remarkable individuals who are collaborating across disciplines to spark positive change around the world.  Chong was selected for her work transforming everyday bras into smart medical devices that gather often overlooked data on heart disease in women, a frequently-misdiagnosed and under-researched killer.

Chong graduated from MIT’s Integrated Design & Management program and MIT Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, where her research focused on sex-specific, computationally-generated, cardiac biomarkers at the MIT Computational Cardiovascular Research Group. She received the MIT Legatum Fellowship and the MIT Graduate Women of Excellence Award. She met her co-founder at MIT, where they incorporated just before being part of the MIT DeltaV accelerator program in 2017 at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and received initial funding from MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund and in 2020, FemTech startup Bloomer Tech became the first venture-backed startup focused on solutions for cardiovascular disease and stroke in women, ushering the new age of equitable personalized diagnostics.

“We’re incredibly proud to introduce the newest cohort of TED Fellows,” said program director Shoham Arad, “The TED Fellows Program has never felt more relevant and more necessary. And for me personally, I’ve never felt more grateful to be part of an organization that’s specifically dedicated to finding the people doing the good work in the world and supporting them in their mission.”

Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program now has 512 Fellows from 100 countries. In its twelve-year history, the TED Fellows program has built a powerful, far-reaching network made up of scientists, doctors, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists and interdisciplinary collaborators.

Applications for the 2022 TED Fellows class will be open in May. Interested applicants should visit the TED Fellows program website for information and updates about the fellowship:  http://www.ted.com/participate/ted-fellows-program/apply-to-be-a-ted-fellow.

About the TED Fellows program

The TED Fellows Program recognizes people at work on world-changing ideas, offering them tools to amplify the power of their vision. Each year, a new group of Fellows from around the world, and from every discipline, are welcomed into this incredible international community of remarkable thinkers and doers who have shown unusual accomplishment, exceptional courage, and the potential to create positive change in their respective fields.

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