Business Plan Competition

Timeslot: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 4:45pm to 6:15pm


Students and post docs: Medical technology requires more than just laboratory results to become a reality. Do you believe that your biomaterials-based research innovation has the potential to succeed in the medical device industry?

Put your skills to the test in this unique session designed to challenge you to consider the commercialization aspects of your research.

Individuals and groups (your choice) will be judged by experts from investing, industry, regulatory, and academia on the strength of their commercialization plans.

Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. To participate, submit an abstract that contains your Executive Summary, including information on your technology, the market, and the commercialization strategy.

Those selected will give a 10 minute pitch followed by Q&A “Shark Tank” style from judges.


Abstracts will be available for download on April 20, 2021.

  • Moderator: Bob Hastings

    Larry Thatcher TESco Associates
    Kip Thacker LifeCore Biomedical
    Jim Curtis
    Stephanie Steichen, DuPont
    Eric Sussman, FDA

  • 276. Bioresorbable stents for congenital heart disease
    Tre Raymond Welch, PhD, Jamie Wright, PhD
    UT Southwestern Medical Center

  • 277. Modular cell culture platform for preclinical testing 
    Ram Saraswat South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

  • 278. Immuno-protection Device for Hypoxia Reduction in Cellular Therapy
    Chen Yang, Tran Minh Phuong Nam, Pham Hoang Linh Chi, Dang Thuy Tram*
    School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

  • 279. MetastaticPrecision – Rapid Diagnostic Test for Canine Lymphoma Kelsey Collins1, Scott Taylor2, Karen J.L. Burg1
    Department of Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Georgia and 2Poly-Med, Inc.

  • 280. Biodegradable Piezoelectric Surgical Mask
    Vinayak Mishra
    Molecular & Cell Biology | University of Connecticut 2021