Penta was founded by university students in 2015 to bring high quality, low cost prosthetic care to developing countries while repurposing what would otherwise be considered medical waste in the United States.
The idea came out of the realization that 95% of amputees in Vietnam lack proper prosthetic care while thousands of functional but slightly outdated prostheses are being replaced in the United States every year.
At Penta, we found that we could resolve these two problems by collecting and repurposing used prosthetic equipment in the United States. In doing so, we would be able to clear the clutter out of private homes, relieve clinics of the responsibility of collecting unusable devices, and also bring the ability to walk, work, and learn back to amputees in Southeast Asia and beyond.
Penta’s mission is impact-driven and our team closely monitors the real impact of our work. Here are a few metrics we’ve collected:
3.5M Worth of Medical Waste Diverted
270+ Prosthetic Legs Fitted
50+ Partner Clinics
70+ Volunteers Involved
For more information, please check out: https://opedge.com/Articles/ViewArticle/2019-04-02/a-push-for-recycled-prosthetic-devices-expertise
Henry has experience working with amputee groups in the United States, particularly with veterans of U.S. Explosive Ordnance Disposal units. Having conducted research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and seeing firsthand the benefit that amputees receive from proper medical care, support groups, and efforts to de-stigmatize limb disability, Henry is interested in bringing the same care he has seen for amputees in the U.S. to Vietnam. Henry is Penta’s Executive Director, providing strategic leadership for the organization as well as heading its fundraising efforts.
Born and raised in Vietnam, Trang recognized the need for better prosthetic care in her home country and sought out a solution. As one of Penta’s co-founders and Director of Operations in Vietnam, Trang leads the on-the-ground operations and clinic and hospital partnerships in Southeast Asia.
Victor co-founded Penta during his time at Yale University, and has continued to devote his time to expanding its impact. Having been very involved in journalism, Victor is in charge of outreach for prosthetic collection and branding in partner organizations across Southeast Asia.
Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Shogun graduated from Yale University in 2019 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and History. Shogun joined the Penta team in 2017 to help expand its partnerships and volunteer outreach in Thailand. Currently serving as Chief Operating Officer, Shogun leads Penta's operations, and manages Penta’s relationships with our partner organizations across the United States and in Thailand. Shogun looks forward to expanding Penta’s collection and distribution channel, and plans to continue his work in leading Penta’s volunteer program this upcoming year.
Pulith was born in Sri Lanka, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 4. He graduated from Yale University in 2019 majoring in Chemical Engineering. Pulith works on Penta’s growth and expansion as Chief Strategy Officer, and hopes to establish partnerships in Sri Lanka and other smaller lower income countries by the end of the year.
Duc is from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam and is passionate about providing accessible healthcare to developing countries. Duc is in charge of building and developing Penta's strategic partnerships in Vietnam.
Prizes and Recognition
Forbes - 2019 Healthcare 30 Under 30
Venture Launch Award
Jack Ringer Fellowship from Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
First place for ChangeFest Social Impact Hackathon
Brown UCS New Initiative Fund Recipient (two time winner)
McKinsey Women's Impact Award
Kairos Society Ventures
Brown Venture Prize