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D&P Bioinnovations Selected for MassChallenge 2016 Accelerator
May 2016
Today Tulane Bioinnovation PhD Candidate Derek Dashti announced that his company, D&P Bioinnovations, will join MassChallenge Boston, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. One of 128 startups participating, D&P Bioinnovations will benefit from mentorship, office space, and a vast network of experienced entrepreneurs, corporate partners, and investors. In November, all MassChallenge Boston startups will compete for $1.5M total in cash awards with no equity taken. Read More >>

Bioinnovation PhD candidates win big at the 2016 Rice Business Plan and Tulane Business Model Competitions
April 2016
Derek Dashti and Karolina Kosakowska of Dashti's company D&P Bioinnovations were among only 15 out of 750 international applicants to advance to the semi-finals at the Rice Business Plan Competition, where they were awarded fifth place, $2,000 and an invitation to participate in the prestigious EFN virtual accelerator program this summer. In addition, Nicholas Pashos and David Tulman, representing Pashos' company BioAesthetics, brought home the $25,000 Women’s Health and Wellness Prize and first place in a challenge round for $1,000. This very same weekend, Samantha Kurtz, representing BioAesthetics, was awarded third place and $2,500 at the Tulane Business Model Competition. Read More >>

Bioinnovation PhD fellows present their ‘novel’ ideas
April 2016
Kaylynn Genemaras of Cyclic Solutions, Samantha Kurtz of NanotHERapy, and Nicholas Pashos of BioAesthetics were three of among eight student teams to participate in the 2016 Novel Tech Challenge at Tulane University. Throughout the academic year, each group received support and guidance from faculty mentors and experienced entrepreneurial alumni and parents to advance their technologies. Pashos' BioAesthetics was awarded the first-place experienced team prize for his acellular, tissue-engineered nipple-areola construct for patients undergoing post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Read More >>

Extra Extra! Bioinnovation fellow Nicholas Pashos reveals “his invention that has doctors talking"
February 2016
Nicholas Pashos of BioAesthetics was featured in the evening news discussing his doctoral research into the regeneration of the nipple-areolar complex for patients who have had a mastectomy. This technology is poised to change the lives of women and men facing breast cancer: "There are 2.8 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States, so this is a huge community and I think that hopefully, I can help out at some point," said Pashos, who works in the Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at Tulane Medical School. Read More >>

D&P Bioinnovations Named a Finalist in Global Startup Open
November 2015
The annual Startup Open is a competition for new startups that honors the GEW 50 -- 50 of the most promising ventures from around the world selected based on their growth potential, creativity, level of development, and pitching skills. D&P Bioinnovations, founded by Tulane Bioinnovation PhD candidate Derek Dashti, has been named to the GEW 50 out of more than 800 global applicants. D&P is developing an implantable medical device to regenerate a damaged esophagus. These startups now compete for a grand prize trip to the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Read More >>

Tulane spinoff's pitch for better breast reconstruction wins $25,000 prize
November 2015
Nicholas Pashos, a Bioinnovation fellow in his fourth year and co-founder of BioAesthetics, took home $25,000 in seed funding after being named winner of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center's 2015 BioChallenge pitch competition. BioAesthetics is dedicated to Nick's doctoral research of developing a skin graft technology of the nipple and areola complex for use on breast cancer survivors who undergo mastectomies. Read More >>

Bioinnovation fellow David Tulman awarded Technology Commercialization internship
September 2015
David Tulman, now in his third year of the Bioinnovation PhD Program, has leveraged his past experience managing clinical trials and his work as summer intern with the US Food and Drug Administration to join the team at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC) as a Technology Commercialization Intern. NOBIC is a business incubator that aims to stimulate bioscience entrepreneurship by providing facilities, programming, and support services to life science technology startup companies. Read More >>

Tulane teams win big in international NIH Neuro StartUp Challenge
May 2015
For the second year in a row, two teams led by Tulane graduates and graduate students (including Bioinnovation PhD fellow Mitchell Fullerton) are among the winners of the Neuro StartUp Challenge, an international competition designed to bring National Institutes of Health medical inventions to market. Tulane's Estia Pharmaceuticals and Vascular Therapeutics were among only 13 teams selected as winners of the challenge, which attracted more than 70 teams. Read More >>

Bioinnovation fellow places in national and international business model competitions
April-May 2015
Derek Dashti of D&P Bioinnovations placed second out of over 50 high-potential ventures across the country in the 2015 Tulane Business Model Competition and seventh of 8,832 teams representing 15 countries in the 2015 International Business Model Competition. These funds will support the development and commercialization of Derek's PhD research of an implantable, bioresorbable medical device to regenerate a diseased or damaged esophagus. Read More >>

Winner selected in first Novel Tech Challenge
April 2015
A device to help regenerate an esophagus took home the top prize at the inaugural Novel Tech Challenge at Tulane University. The winning entry will aid injuries caused by diseases such as cancer, says Derek Dashti, a doctoral student studying bioinnovation at Tulane. Read More >>

Tulane Bioinnovation PhD students awarded a VentureWell E-Team Stage 1 Grant
November 2014
Derek Dashti and Nicholas Pashos, representing their company D&P Bioinnovations, were awarded a Stage 1 E-Team grant to support Derek's doctoral research project. Derek and Nick were one of 50 student teams from across the country to be awarded this grant by VentureWell. This program provides $5000 in funding and an experiential workshop on how to better articulate the opportunity for their innovation in the marketplace. Read More >>

Team of Tulane Biomedical and Bioinnovation students awarded $44,000 at international Rice Business Plan Competition
April 2014
Bioinnovation fellow Derek Dashti worked with a team of Tulane Biomedical Engineers to represent the startup company Tympanogen, LLC in the global Rice Business Plan Competition. Tympanogen has developed a gel patch technology for the non-surgical repair of chronic eardrum perforations. This year 500 international teams submitted and 42 teams were invited to the Business Plan Competition. Of those 42, Tympanogen was awarded 5th place, $44,000 and an interview by FORTUNE Magazine. Read More >>
Earlier in the week, Tympanogen also won 1st place and $25,000 in Tulane's Business Model Competition and has advanced to the International Business Model Competition in Provo, UT. Read More >>

Forbes ranks New Orleans top "Brainpower City" in the nation
Forbes, April 2014
The New Orleans metro area’s population of college graduates grew by 44,000 from 2007 to 2012, a 20.3% increase, nearly double the national average of 10.9%. (The percentage of college grads in the U.S. stood at 19.4% in 2012, up from 18% in 2007.) In addition, numerous technology, videogame and media businesses have chosen to establish operations in the metro area during this time, including General Electric, Paris-based Gameloft and the satellite communications company Globalstar, which in 2010 moved its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Covington, a prosperous suburb of the Crescent City. Read More >>

Doctoral student named a University Innovation Fellow
New Wave, November 2013
Derek Dashti, a doctoral student studying bioinnovation at Tulane University, has been named a University Innovation Fellow, a prestigious national honor that will enable him to bolster entrepreneurial activity on campus. Read More >>

IGERT brings new Bioinnovation Program to Tulane and New Orleans
EPSCoR Newsletter, November 2012
For only the third time since its 1997 inception, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) award has been granted to a Louisiana higher education institution. Tulane University, a first-time recipient of this grant, is one of 18 schools across the country to receive the award this year. IGERT is NSF’s flagship interdisciplinary training program educating U.S. PhD scientists and engineers by building on their disciplinary foundations. Read More >>

Seeking scientists with business sense
New Wave, September 2012
Donald P. Gaver is looking for serious science students who possess a penchant for taking entrepreneurial risks. Gaver, the Alden J. “Doc” Laborde professor and chair of biomedical engineering, is directing a new interdisciplinary PhD program in bioinnovation at Tulane University. Read More >>

Science and Entrepreneurship
Tulane Magazine, Summer 2012
The innovative spirit of New Orleans is showing up in new and surprising ways. The city is on the verge of becoming a hub of bioinnovation. Its bioscience is poised to be as inspired as its food, music and architecture... The ideal candidate for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, a new PhD program in bioinnovation directed by Gaver and funded by the National Science Foundation, is a top-notch scientist as well as a driven entrepreneur. Read More >>

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