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Updated: October 2, 2023 / 2023 NextUp: 40 Under 40 Honorees

40 Under 40: Kendra Batchelder is making waves as a breast-health researcher and entrepreneur

PHOTO / SOUBANH PHANTHAY Kendra Batchelder created a technology that helps assess the risk of breast cancer.
Kendra Batchelder, 34 
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Significant professional accomplishment: My proudest achievement has been earning my Ph.D. in computational biomedicine from the University of Maine in 2023. Concurrently, I co-founded my first startup, WAVED Medical LLC, aimed at bringing breast cancer risk assessment technology to the marketplace.

Audacious goal: My audacious goal is to establish a health care company that leverages cutting-edge technology to empower patients and their health care providers to make informed decisions together. Because most diagnosed breast cancer instances lack identifiable risk factors, WAVED Medical is developing an image-based risk assessment approach for breast imaging centers. This method will aim to pinpoint women with an elevated risk of breast cancer by analyzing their breast tissue composition on mammograms, allowing them to decide on the best screening and prevention methods with their providers.

Passion project: My passion projects are educating about the newest breast cancer research and also supporting initiatives such as the Find it Early Act that would require costs of additional screenings or diagnostic imaging for women at higher risk of breast cancer or those with dense breasts to be covered without any out of pocket costs.

Favorite quote: “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” — Mark Twain

Influential book: “The Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne

Favorite series: “The Curse of Oak Island” and “Big Brother”

How do you recharge: I recharge with my family by spending time in nature.

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