A team of Georgia Tech and Emory graduate students placed second in a challenge round of the Idea to Product Global Competition for their plan to commercialize technology enabling more accurate cancer diagnosis.
In the competition, held November 2-3 at the University of Texas-Austin, students presented their plans for moving early-stage technologies from the lab to the marketplace.
Students on the Georgia Tech/Emory team (called DiagNano) are participants in the Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER®) program. A collaboration between Georgia Tech and Emory Law School, the program brings together PhD, MBA, and law students in the classroom and research lab to advance early-stage research into real business opportunities.
The DiagNano team includes Georgia Tech MBA student Kristina Crockett; Brad Kairdolf, a doctoral student in the joint biomedical engineering program of Georgia Tech and Emory; Jarrett Silver, a joint law/MBA student at Emory; and Laura Huffman, another Emory law student.
Students who win acceptance into the highly competitive TI:GER® program are assembled into four-member teams, including one MBA and two law students who focus on the commercialization of a Georgia Tech PhD student's research over a two-year period.
The DiagNano team is developing a plan to market a cancer diagnostic kit. This platform technology is based on a novel "non-stick" surface coating for nanoparticles that prevents the sticking problem encountered when using them in biological samples. The initial application is using "non-stick" fluorescent quantum dots for developing personalized disease fingerprints from cancer patients' biopsy samples.
DiagNano placed in the Cockrell School of Engineering Challenge Round of the competition.
Idea to Product Global Competition
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