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Accelerate UConn Fall 2017 Winners Announced

Dr. Radenka Maric, UConn/UConn Health Vice President for Research, and Dr. Timothy B. Folta, Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, are pleased to announce the teams selected to participate in the Fall 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:

Dr. Abhishek Dutta & Alexei Sondergeld (Faculty & Graduate Student), Drought Water Generator, School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Ali Hadjikhani & Alicia Cascella (Researcher/PostDoc & Graduate Student), Detection and biodistribution measurement of nanoparticles, School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Guoan Zheng, Aparna Nambiar & Yutong Jiang (Faculty & Graduate Students), Rapid autofocusing module, School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Diane Burgess & Dr. Antonio Costa (Faculty & Researcher), Continuous manufacturing of liposomal drug products, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Linda Pescatello, Burak Cilhoroz & Yin Wu (Faculty & Graduate Students), Targeted genomic precision approach to exercise prescription for hypertension, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Department of Kinesiology

Daniel Yasoshima, Paige Murphy & Thomas Cotton (Graduate Students), Vision assistive communication device for motor impairment, School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Sina Shahbazmohamadi & Dr. Pouya Tavousi (Faculty & PostDoc), Hybrid tool for rational structure-based drug design, School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering and School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Joanne Conover, Samuel Schick & Frank Amaefuna (Faculty, Alumni & Undergraduate Student), Connecticut Concussion Tracker, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Physiology and Neurobiology and Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Dr. Xiuchun (Cindy) Tian, Linkai Zhu & Kay Wilcox (Faculty, Graduate Student & Undergraduate Student), Efficient sperm-sorting and sexing, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Department of Animal Science and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Individualized major

The program includes seven 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.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) jointly operate 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.

For more information about Accelerate UConn, visit www.accelerate.uconn.edu or email accelerateuconn@uconn.edu