The post-college path for young innovator Ashlyn Sanders is like the nonlinear algebraic graphs she studied as a UNC Chapel Hill mathematics major.

It’s an erratic waveform only fully understood when zoomed out to see how each plot point holds enough weight to cumulatively influence an outcome.

Everything about Sanders’ startup story breaks from the “graduate-to-founder” narrative. It’s riddled with multiple pit stops and diversions; unfortunate medical circumstances, altered career plans and unexpected time off from school. But all of it came together when Sanders decided to solve a routine frustration she faced after being diagnosed with a seizure disorder.

She needed a way to control her tongue and jaw during an episode so she could avoid biting her tongue and suffering from intense oral pain days and weeks after. And she thought others would appreciate a solution to this common problem too.

The advanced problem-solving skills she learned in school, coupled with a passion for public health policy, provided the motivation and basis for her venture called NeuroVice.

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It’s bringing to market a guard-like device called PATI (short for Protector Against Tongue Injury), which fits over the tongue as a barrier from harm.

Sanders’ mission is well-captured in the company mantra: “to make having a seizure a little bit easier,” a phrase only people who’ve dealt with seizure-related conditions can fully understand.

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Chronic Illness Led This Young Entrepreneur to Solve Her Own Problem, Push Others to Do the Same