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When Leland resident Talia Afoa talks about what she does, she uses the term "product development."
That's because, she said, "If you say you're an inventor, everybody thinks you're crazy."
Cue images of a mad scientist in a lab, emitting howls of maniacal laughter.
That stereotype doesn't apply to many product developers, including Afoa, who saw her first invention hit the market this past August. She licensed her leak-proof, non-stick silicone baking mat to Grand Fusion Housewares, Inc., which specializes in products with innovative designs.
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