Comstock's magazine 0618-JUNE 2018 - Page 90

n SEED ROUND: MEET THE FOUNDER CINDE DOLPHIN KILI MEDICAL DRAIN CARRIER She’s a breast cancer survivor who has been through nine surgeries. But for Cinde Dolphin, the post-surgery process has always been a pain, spe- cifically the drain bulbs. These plastic tubes, typically hooked to hospital gowns with safety pins, remove blood, pus and other fluids from the surgical area. But it’s both difficult and humiliating to shower, sleep or walk around without drain lines getting snagged or bulbs getting punctured, Dolphin says. In 2014, she created the Kili Medical Drain Carrier to give surgical patients more independence. Her patent-pending drain carrier is a mesh apron that can hold up to four drain bulbs in the pouch. Dolphin began prototyping the design with laundry bags, but now her Sacramento-based startup sells the product to the UC Davis Medical Center, Sutter Health and Dignity Health hospitals, and others around the country. NASA astronaut If I could have any other job, I’d be a................................................... The movie that best represents my approach to business would be... Whale Rider ................................................................................. sled ride down a steep I believe life is a......................................................... hill of fresh snow (if you close your ................................................................................. eyes, you’ll miss the ride) .................................................................................. getting overlooked in My biggest fear about launching was .................................................... the startup world’s frenzy over high-tech founders ............................................................................................................... keeplaffin! If I could give my younger self one word of advice, that word would be. . ..................... WITH A PENDING PATENT, DO YOU WORRY THAT SOMEBODY MIGHT STEAL YOUR IDEA? “It’s so simple, it could be copied so easily. But ultimately my goal is to bring ease, comfort and safety to patients, and help them be more mobile and be able to shower more easily, specifically during a vulnerable time of their recovery. If another product achieves that ultimate goal, so be it.” DO YOU HAVE ANY COMPETITORS NOW? “The competitors are both pricey (be- tween $30 up to $70) and intended for purchase by an individual. We be- lieve we have the only solution that is appropriate for hospital/clinical use due to individual sanitized wrapping and bulk pricing. The mesh construc- tion also dries much faster than most other drain-holder material.” For more on Dolphin and Kili Medical Drain Carrier, read Russell Nichols’ “Startup of the Month” column at comstocksmag.com. 90 comstocksmag.com | June 2018