Sarah Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of Relavo. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering (2019) from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and a Master of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (2020) at JHU.
Sarah has led Relavo’s work since its initiation in September 2017 as an undergraduate design team in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) department, of which she served as the Team Leader and Project Manager. Under her leadership, Relavo raised nearly $1,000,000 in non-dilutive funding, including a National Science Foundation SBIR Phase I award and the KidneyX Redesign Dialysis Phase II award, and has grown to become one of the most successful projects coming out of the BME Design Team program at JHU. Relavo’s work has also been recognized by the James Dyson Award, VentureWell, the National Kidney Foundation, and numerous business plan competitions.
In addition to her work with Relavo, while at Johns Hopkins, Sarah was part of an undergraduate design team that aimed to develop a low-cost cryoablation device to treat breast cancer in low- and middle-income countries. She led early bench-testing efforts and helped earn a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Collegiate Inventors Competition at the US Patent and Trademark Office and the Linda Trinh Memorial Award from JHU. She also participated in the National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates program as an REU Fellow in 2018 where she worked to develop permeable scaffolds for microvessel growth to treat spinal cord injuries, and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society in the US.