I have USA and Canada provisional utility patents for a chest binder for transgender and non-binary folks. My product is a more comfortable high-compression chest binder. I participated in the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps tech entrepreneurship program in 2021 to develop a business plan to launch the new product.
Chest binding—the process of compressing breasts for a flatter appearance—is an important contributor to wellbeing and good mental health for many transgender and non-binary people. Yet, 97% of binder users report negative physical symptoms related to binding; these range from itching and back pain to rib fractures.
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