Teal Bio was co-founded by Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE) Leaders for Global Operations alumnus Jason Troutner MBA ’19, SM ’19 and Giovanni Traverso, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. An MD-PhD, Traverso is both an assistant professor at MIT and a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Ellen Roche, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is currently trying to determine the regulatory needs for her own startup. Both Traverso and Roche have served as instructors for mechanical engineering class 2.75 (Medical Device Design), alongside Professor Alexander Slocum and Nevan Hanumara. Traverso sees mechanical engineers, like himself, Roche, and Sachs, as being particularly well-suited to launch medtech startups.