Spring 2019 LEAP Gap Fund Finals – Winners Announced

LEAP WashU Gap Fund

via skandarlaris.wustl.edu

On June 11, 2019, at the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the Skandalaris Center hosted the spring 2019 finals for the Leadership and Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program (LEAP). Twenty-two teams presented their ideas to a panel of judges for an opportunity to win funding to help progress their inventions towards commercialization.

Building on the momentum of a record-breaking Fall 2018 cycle, the following Spring 2019 teams were awarded a combined total of nearly half a million dollars:

Implantable Bioresorbable Sensors – Matthew MacEwan (Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery)

NeoGuard: Lightweight EEG in low-resource settings – Zachary Vesoulis (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics)

Novel Catheter Design for Vena Cava Thrombectomy – Eric Leuthardt (Professor of Neurological Surgery)/ Mohamed Zayed (Assistant Professor of Surgery)

Assure: On-chip solution for securing electronic assets – Shantanu Chakrabartty (Professor of Electrical & Systems Engineering)

AI-Based Machine-Detection of Regional Cardiac Contractile Injury in Heart Failure – Michael Pasque (Professor of Surgery – Cardio Surgery)

Use of polybasic peptides and polymers as antimalarial agents – Sergej Djuranovic (Assistant Professor of Cell Biology/ Physiology)

A Novel Precision Skincare Cosmetic to Seal the Skin and Treat Vitamin D Deficiency – Cristina Strong (Assistant Professor of Medicine – Dermatology)

Optimization of Novel Small Molecule Inhibitors for the Histone Demethylase KDM3A – Kiran Mahajan (Assistant Professor of Surgery – Urologic Surgery)

Identifying Genetic Risk Factors and Treating Adult-Onset Neurological Diseases – Mark Sands (Professor of Medicine) / Bruno Benitez (Instructor in Psychiatry)

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