Scipreneur Challenge & Tech Venture Challenge Winners
Earlier this year, Life Science Tennessee's Academic Alliance chapters in Memphis and Nashville held their annual competitions designed to give students from a variety of disciplines experience to build mock companies and present investment and commercialization plans. The Memphis Scipreneur Challenge is an initiative of LST's Mid-South Academic Alliance in collaboration with Memphis Bioworks, University of Memphis (UofM), University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH). The Tech Venture Challenge is hosted by Vanderbilt University's Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization. The technologies and inventions from which students build companies are developed by researchers at these universities.
The winner of this year's Memphis Scipreneur Challenge is Chito-Armor. Chito-Armor is a novel drug delivery system that is a biodegradable shield against infection.
Team members include Kavya Annu, UT Health Science Center and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Purnima Singh, UT Health Science Center; Surabhi Naik, University of Memphis; Akram Mohammed, UT Health Science Center; and Prady Baviskar, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Advisory members from the University of Memphis include scientific mentor Dr. J. Amber Jenning; student liaison Leslie Pace; and business mentor Bryan Barringer.
The winner of last month's Tech Venture Challenge is Cryo-Cath. Cryo-Cath is a novel catheter that can be primarily used as a better alternative to treat mitral valve prolapse (MVP) than the current standards of open-heart surgery or the MitraClip. The catheter is capable of reaching -20o C which allows the catheter to adhere to the dynamic tissues of the heart, providing a stable tip needed to perform radio-frequency (RF) ablations.
Team members include Jasmine Greer, MBA Candidate/Operations and Biomedical Engineering; Andrew Naclerio, Chemical Engineering Ph.D. student; Amelia Taylor, Chemical Sciences B.S. student; and Joshua Passantino, Chemical Engineering Ph.D. student all at Vanderbilt University. Advisory board members are Shawn Glinter, Founder and CEO of Pendant Biosciences; David Merryman, Ph.D. and Inventor; and James Obershouser, Ph.D. and Former R&D Lead for Abbott Vascular.
Congratulations to the winners!
We're also excited to announce that our Knoxville Academic Alliance chapter will host its first-ever Scipreneur Challenge this fall. Stay tuned for updates. And look forward to hearing from this year's Scipreneur and Tech Venture Challenge winners in person at LSTCON 2019!