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April 23, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Finale for two commercialization initiatives is this Thursday

Participants in the "Scipreneur Challenge" from the BioTN Foundation and the "Smart Mobility Challenge" from the TennSMART organization will outline their strategies for commercializing intellectual property provided by four research groups.

This Thursday night marks the culmination of work that four teams in each of two tracks have been undertaking for about two months to develop commercialization plans for technologies made available by several of Tennessee’s research enterprises.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. CDT on April 27 at the offices of Baker Donelson, 1600 West End Avenue, in Nashville, and also in a virtual format, the participants in the “Scipreneur Challenge” from the BioTN Foundation and the “Smart Mobility Challenge” from the TennSMART organization will outline their strategies.

  • Participants in the latter program will be focused on either the Shielding System for Wireless Power Transfer offered by Oak Ridge National Laboratory or the Tamper-Aware Anti-Counterfeiting Solution from Vanderbilt University.
  • Those in the “Scipreneur Challenge” will be focused on either Lysosomal Drugs for Cancer provided by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Nanoparticle Drug Formulation for Cancer Therapy from a partnership between Cumberland Emerging Technologies and Auburn University.

Judges for both competitions are Kayla Graff, Founder and CEO of SweetBio’ Philip Wade, Director of Innovation and Solutions Development for Bridgestone Americas; Brian Laden, President and CEO of Appello Pharmaceuticals; and Steven King, Executive Director of the BioTN Mentor Network. Click here to register.


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