Grad student Ran An wins top prize at Burton Morgan Business Plan Competition
Writer(s): Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A device for non-invasive diabetic testing and a biological imaging technique for personalized cancer care won top prizes Tuesday (Feb. 19) at the $100,000 Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition in Purdue University's Discovery Park.
In the Gold Division, Animated Dynamics won $30,000 for its efforts to commercialize a new laboratory approach for helping select the best anticancer drugs for patients. Using tissue dynamics spectroscopy (TDS), physics doctoral student Ran An and Purdue physics professors David Nolte and John Turek are developing the technique that captures dynamic cellular motions deep inside living tissue.
NanoBio Interface Systems, a nanotechnology-based in vitro diagnostics company advancing a novel technique for testing blood sugar levels, claimed the $20,000 first prize in the Black Division for undergraduate students. The company, known as NBI, is led by Purdue communications and philosophy major Aaron Trembath.
"This is an incredible accomplishment for all 10 student-led presentations just to make the finals, with nearly 100 proposals submitted when this process started months ago," said Richard Cosier, the Avrum and Joyce Gray Director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship and Purdue's Leeds Professor of Management.