Carbon Origins and Everykey, companies started by Case Western Reserve University students and alumni, were finalists in the first Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day—a national entrepreneurship contest in New York City.
“It’s a phenomenal showing for our entrepreneurship efforts on campus,” said Bob Sopko, director of Case Western Reserve’s Blackstone LaunchPad, an on-campus business incubator that helps students and alumni launch new businesses.
Case Western Reserve sent the second-most teams to the event, with three among the competition’s 20 finalists.
Prayers from Maria Children's Glioma Cancer Foundation announced today that it will award its $250,000 Melana Matson Memorial Grant—its third major research grant since 2010—to Case Western Reserve University Case Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers James P. Basilion, professor of biomedical engineering and radiology, Efstathis Karathanasis, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and John Letterio, professor of pediatrics, who are studying the use of nanotechnology to more effectively treat pediatric glioma brain tumors.
"Pediatric therapies often follow the oversimplified assumption that children are just smaller people," said Karathanasis. "We now know that scaling down the dose of existing drugs will not achieve eradication of this lethal disease, so this award from Prayers from Maria provides us with the opportunity to develop a therapeutic agent specifically for children battling gliomas. Working with a collaborative team of researchers with complementary expertise—in this case cancer nanotechnology, pediatric oncology and molecular pharmacology—holds great promise."
Student entrepreneurs from Case Western Reserve University will pitch their startup businesses to a panel of investors in a national competition in New York City Oct. 27-28.
The first-ever Blackstone LaunchPad National Demo Day will pit 20 student startups from across the country—including three from Case Western Reserve—in a contest for $50,000 in prizes. Case Western Reserve is sending the second-most teams to the event.
“It’s a great showing for our students and school,” said Bob Sopko, director of Case Western Reserve’s Blackstone LaunchPad, an on-campus business incubator that helps students and alumni launch new businesses. “Each company has impressive, sophisticated ideas and will compete well in New York.”
Case Western Reserve University undergraduate students can present their research at the Intersections: SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session.
Intersections will take place Friday, Dec. 5 from noon to 2:45 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom. The event is an opportunity for the university community and others to see the broad and diverse work that is being done by undergraduates across campus.
Students can register online to participate, and the deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Case Western Reserve’s think[box] project has always been a little different. From its lower-case name to its basement “startup” space, the innovation hub has consistently defied convention as it sought to become a full-sized reality.
Little wonder, then, that when it came time for construction to start, the kickoff was anything but a traditional groundbreaking with hard hats and shovels. Instead university leaders and the project’s leading supporters each flipped a large switch Thursday night, sending a video version of a think[box] rocket toward the sky—complete with rumbling engines and actual plumes of smoke filling the tent on Toby’s Plaza.