Two CHBE students, Vasilli Triandafilidi (PhD) and Athanasios Kritharis (3rd year U/G) are members of Tesseract Technologies, one of the 19 initial teams that participated in the 2nd Annual Life Sciences Start-Up Competition.
The start-up competition was announced in September, and was open to teams of UBC students, post docs and research associates interested to explore commercialization of ideas in life sciences, biotech and other areas of human health. Out of 19 teams that registered in fall, 14 started working on business plans, 11 completed them and pitched their projects at the final event, and 3 winners were chosen and awarded $10,000 in cash prizes.
The team pitches were presented on February 23rd and Tesseract placed 3rd.
Tesseract Technologies are developing a new material for treating brain aneurysms. Brain aneurysms are bulges of weak blood vessels in the brain which can have fatal consequences if untreated. By using a soft material based on bio-compatible polymer instead of platinum wires, they provide safer, cheaper and faster treatment.
Read more at 2017 Life Sciences Start-Up Competition