Jason Schoen, 2016 Young Alumnus of the Year

Jason Schoen, a 2005 graduate with a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering, received the Young Alumnus of the Year Award after co-founding a Seattle-based medical device company, Cadence Biomedical. The company designs products and technology like the Kickstart Walking System, an exoskeleton device that helps patients regain mobility after neurological injuries.

“Watching someone with limited or no mobility take unassisted steps for the first time in years, and knowing it’s a result of something I have designed, is the most rewarding feeling I have ever experienced, said Schoen.

Seattle Magazine named Cadence Biomedical a top innovator. Jason’s dedication to improving the lives of the neurologically-impaired extends to his free time, as he volunteers with Outdoors for All, helping to provide recreation for people with disabilities. The Green Bay, Wis., native also uses his entrepreneurial experiences to mentor teams in the annual business plan competition in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, a program that provided support when his company launched in 2010.

“Having the ability to employ my education and skills in a way that can make a meaningful impact on the lives of others gives me a feeling of success,” Schoen added.


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