Hoang Nguyen received his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from San Jose State University. Before joining Prellis Biologics, Hoang interned at Shockwave Medical, mostly working on designing fixtures on Solidworks. Hoang is currently pursuing his master’s degree in biomedical engineering from San Jose State and interning at Prellis Biologics. Hoang loves hiking and throwing the football around with his friends.
INSPIRED BY PRELLIS INTERVIEW
What sparked your interest in tissue engineering?
“I’m more of a CAD person — I really enjoy designing and 3D modeling. So, when I first saw that the job offer had the possibility of designing tissues and arteries, I always wanted to apply my skills in as many fields as possible. I can find a way to branch out and apply my skills to elsewhere, and that’s how I got interested in tissue engineering. It’s fun, too, printing organs and all that stuff.”
What drew you to Prellis?
“I found Prellis through my professor. He went to a conference and he found out about Melanie’s presentation and he reached out and eventually got in touch with the hiring team, and eventually we got involved with buying their products, and they told me that there may be an internship there for me and told me to apply. I had the CAD experience, so I thought I would be a good candidate to apply, and here I am.”
Have you enjoyed your experience at prellis?
“Absolutely. This is the first startup that I’ve worked at in the longest time. I’m 2 months away from a year of interning. It’s been my most amazing, longest internship. I got it extended twice. Everyone’s really nice, I learn something from everybody. I’ve never worked so closely with so many PhDs before, and it’s been a great learning experience. They’re amazing thinkers and hard workers. I’m learning a little bit from everyone.”
What’s your favorite part of the team?
“My favorite part of the team is the cohesiveness. The idea-sharing. The collaborating. Anybody can bring up an idea they have, and we’ll tackle it together.”
What do you see in Prellis’ future?
Hopefully, the future of Prellis will be 3D printing organs. Being able to print any compatible organ for that patient would be a game-changer. With printing speed and resolution off the charts—everything is just quick and efficient. To 3D print biocompatible organs would prolong life. It would especially eliminate the black market. It would make the world a much better place. Who knows, we could be going to Mars with Elon Musk.”