Working from his garage in Wilmington NC, Kyle Trivisonno, a board-certified prosthetic technician, was able to create a prosthetic leg out of hemp fibers, which he says is a safer, cheaper and stronger alternative to the traditional carbon, fiberglass or Kevlar materials used in prosthetics.

His desire to find substitute materials used in prosthetics arose from his job in the field and concern about the effects those materials could have on his health.

“Prosthetics is wonderful, just being able to be part of the process. I don’t know if there’s anything for me in the world better than being in the room for an initial device deliver for a new patient,” Trivisonno said.

“I started looking at prosthetics and what we did through an entrepreneurial lens. What are the biggest pain points? What is the worst part of this job? Is there a way that I could perhaps fix that?”

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Johanna Cano ~ WilmingtonBiz.com