Q&A With Prevent Biometrics CEO Steve Washburn

Prevent Biometrics is one of Minnesota’s most ambitious (and well funded) sportstech startups out there.

Led by industry veteran Steve Washburn, the company is based on intellectual property sourced from the Cleveland Clinic to measure head impacts — a major concern right now for just about every contact sport there is.

Last week, the company made a key acquisition with X2 Biosystems patent portfilio tied to a wearable product; this brings us to an interview with Washburn on all things Prevent:

When, why and how did Prevent Biometrics start?

I was the CEO at Shock Doctor from 1994 – 2009 during which I learned a lot about mouth guards and grew the company to a market dominant position before selling to private equity (twice, actually).