Diana Hall

Founder/Creator of ActivArmor™

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Diana was born in Denver and raised by a single mom with a terminally ill younger brother.  (He died of Cystic Fibrosis in 2010.)  She grew up in Pueblo, Colorado where she excelled in academics and was offered a scholarship to Colorado School of Mines in 1993.  She worked odd jobs through high-school and college including waitressing, work-study programs and internships including one summer at the Pueblo Board of Water Works.  She graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining in 1997, and moved to Dallas to work for an engineering consulting firm as a Process Engineer.

Diana found herself drawn to software, and decided to move into wireless telecom in 1998, taking a job as a software test engineer at Nortel Networks. In 2000, she was offered a job at Ericsson wireless in Boulder and jumped at the chance to move back to Colorado.

When Diana had her daughter in 2004, she took some time off and finished her MBA at CSU in Fort Collins.  She moved back to Pueblo to be near family and worked as a Business Development Director for nonprofits part-time when her daughter started preschool, and eventually started a mentoring program for children in poverty in Pueblo’s east side.  While working with these children with backgrounds in domestic violence and unstable living conditions, they would often have fiberglass casts that would get filthy and wet.  They were unsanitary and kids couldn’t even wash their hands to have a snack.

Diana knew the technology was there to provide a better alternative, so she addressed the business model constraints, and the design and fabrication issues, and developed a viable custom designed and fabricated exoskeleton device process that could be applied to any body part with custom features designed via 3D computer aided drafting.  Her business, 3DMedScan, won the Pueblo Entrepreneurship Competition in 2014 and was awarded $5,000 in rent reimbursement in the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO)’s small business incubator in the Business and Technology Center.  She patented her process and established proof of concept as a Class 1 immobilization device (called AmphibianSkinTM) in local hospitals and clinics in 2015, being prescribed by physicians and approved by insurance companies including Medicare and Medicaid.

Today, Diana has further refined her design and processes based on physician and patient feedback, and has re-branded her product as ActivArmorTM.  She is continuing her pilot and clinical case studies in clinics across the Front Range, with plans for further product testing and clinical trials. She won the regional award in the national InnovateHER competition and the Small Business Development Center’s Small Business of the Year award.  She has fit professional athletes from across the country with ActivArmor devices, and is developing and testing complimentary technologies including biomonitors, bone stimulators, and neuromuscular stimulators, as well as hygienic materials to reduce infections.  Her brother’s heroic battle with his terminal genetic disease continues to inspire her every day to improve the quality of life of those suffering from painful medical conditions.  She is looking for funding to complete development stage activities and move to nationwide commercialization of ActivArmorTM.