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Fusiform’s Param Shah and Alex Mathews Named to Forbes…

Add Forbes’ 30 Under 30 to Fusiform’s growing list of awards and accomplishments. The publication placed Fusiform CEO Param Shah and CTO Alex Mathews on its 2017 list of young people reinventing manufacturing.

Param Shah (left) and Alex Mathews

Shah, 21, and Mathews, 22, co-founded Fusiform in 2015 while still enrolled as undergraduates at The Johns Hopkins University to update the decades-old orthopaedic workflow in place today with digital order forms, a 10-minute 3-D scan that replaces an hours-long hand-casting process and automated manufacturing of custom orthotics.

Shah and Mathews currently have their products in two Maryland orthopaedic clinics and have raised more than $550,000. Now, with a team of 15 employees, Shah and Mathews are leading the company’s pivot to the development of middleware that makes custom manufacturing more feasible.

Standing out for their vision and accomplishments, Shah and Mathews were among the 600 honorees selected from more than 15,000 nominations. Forbes, in its sixth year of putting together its 30 Under 30 list, winnowed the field to 30 winners in 20 categories, selecting those who are “challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators and more.”

“We’re thrilled to be part of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Manufacturing and Industry and alongside other young people who are driven to positively impact the world,” says Shah, who was also named to the Baltimore Business Journal’s 2016 40 Under 40 list.

Shah and Mathews were joined on this year’s list by DreamIt Health Baltimore alumnus Niko Skievaski, the co-founder of Redox. The trio continue what is becoming a tradition of JHTV entrepreneurs being featured on the annual list. Last year, Forbes named Sonavex Surgical CEO David Narrow to its 30 Under 30 list.

Shah credits the mentorship he has received at Johns Hopkins and around Baltimore for helping his company achieve this honor. Since forming the company, Shah and Mathews have participated in Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures’ Social Innovation Lab, won the inaugural JHU Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Award and completed ETC’s Accelerate Baltimore boot camp.

“We’re so fortunate for the resources that have helped us grow as a company,” Shah says. “This honor is a credit to all the employees, investors, mentors and programs that have helped Fusiform grow over the past two years.”

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Urban Pastoral and Fusiform CEOs Among Baltimore’s 40 Under…

The Baltimore Business Journal’s latest 40 Under 40 list released Tuesday is teeming with talent, including two entrepreneurs who have grown their start-ups with assistance from Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures.

Urban Pastoral CEO and founder J.J. Reidy and Fusiform CEO and co-founder Param Shah were named to an impressive list featuring Baltimore’s most talented young people in business.

Reidy, 28, holds an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and grew his startup in the Social Innovation Lab. Founded in 2014, Urban Pastoral has flourished in its work to re-engineer how city residents get produce. Urban Pastoral has ignited Baltimore’s food economy by integrating high-tech agricultural production, complementary food businesses and workforce development opportunities into underutilized urban spaces. BoxUp, one of Reidy’s more notable agricultural initiatives, uses a 320-square-foot shipping container to house a hydroponic garden that grows 60-80 pounds of produce per week from 10 gallons of recycled water and 80 kilowatt hours of electricity a day.

Shah, 20, a junior computer science major at The Johns Hopkins University, used an experience in high school in which he saw children in India with ill-fitting orthotics to revolutionize the orthopedic device supply chain. His growing company is helping move outdated orthopedic practices into the 21st century with technologies that maximize clinic efficiency by digitizing order forms, replace hour-long hand-casting sessions with a 10-minute 3-D scan and automate the manufacturing of custom orthopedic devices.

The Baltimore Business Journal whittled the list down to 40 from more than 250 nominations. In its announcement post, the publication wrote of the 40 honorees, “They are Greater Baltimore businesspeople who have excelled quickly within their fields, engaged with the community and made a name for themselves all before the age of 40.”

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