Accelerate UConn Spring 2021 Participants Announced

The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the teams selected to participate in the 14th cohort of Accelerate UConn, the University’s National Science Foundation I-Corps site. The following teams will receive special training and a $3,000 seed grant to help understand whether and how their technology might create customer value:

Spring 2021 Cohort

Matthew Hadfield (PostDoc), School of Medicine – Inventase LLC. – Discontinuous Urinary Catheter

Dr. Ali Tamayol, Dr. Mohamadmahdi Samandari, and Jacob Quint (Faculty, PostDoc and Ph.D. Student), School of Engineering – In Vivo Printing Using Handheld Bioprinter for Regenerative Applications

Dr. Riqiang Yan and Dr. Neeraj Singh (Faculty and PostDoc), School of Medicine – Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeONP), a novel nanomedicine approach for neurodegenerative diseases treatment

Dr. Yupeng Chen, Aaton Beams, and Bridget Loura (Faculty and Undergraduate Students) School of Engineering and School of Business– I2TS technology as an advanced drug delivery solution

Dr. Sanjeev Nayak, Dr. Vishnu R Khade,  and Sachin Girdhar (Faculty and Industry), School of Engineering and School of Business – Read a Book – An interactive platform

Dr. Minghu Song, Qinqing Liu and Yibing Zhou (Faculty, Graduate Student and Undergraduate Student), School of Engineering – Knowledge-guided and causal AI for Drug Discovery

Theresa Chu (Staff), University Information Technology Services – Nutritional Service

Dr. Hasan Baig, Yusra Maryam Javed, and Sumaiya Hasan (PostDoc and Industry), School of Medicine – Programmable Development Platform for Genetic Circuits inspired from FPGAs

Jonathan Moore, Hunter Bowden, Hailey Altobelli, Michael Greco, and Michelle Saglimbene (Faculty, Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student, Alumni and Industry), School of Business – Clinical Assistant by Appoint

Dr. Kshitiz and Ashkan Novin (Faculty and Ph.D. Student), School of Engineering – RNA based therapy for metastatic cancer

The program includes five weeks of intensive training to evaluate their business ideas and conduct customer discovery activities. In cases where a single faculty member or student was accepted into the program, the AU staff helped identify appropriate Academic or Entrepreneurial Leads or Industry Mentors to round out the team.

Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) operates Accelerate UConn (AU). As an NSF I-Corps Site program, AU was formed to foster entrepreneurship resulting in technology commercialization.  I-Corps Sites are academic institutions that catalyze the engagement of multiple, local teams in technology transition and strengthen local innovation.

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