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Cari Lynn Ugent

accidental innovator

Cari Lynn Ugent didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur, she is an author and a freelance journalist in Chicago. But a lengthy hospital stay for a stem-cell transplant brought about by non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, compelled her to redesign an antiquated piece of medical equipment often the bane of patients and nurses alike…the I.V. pole.

When told that the unwieldy pole full of her needed medication was too dangerous to move, requiring her to use a bedpan, Cari decided to take action. After interviewing countless doctors and nurses, working with industrial designers, and prototyping for a year, Cari now holds the patent to a product she believes in — the Safepole, an I.V. pole for the 21st Century. Since its introduction, Safepole has received prolific press, awards, accolades, and is used in major medical centers around the world.

Cari Lynn continues to be inspired by an Aldous Huxley quote that has stuck with her since she was a teenager: “Experience is not what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you.”