Congratulations Medella Health for its 2016 James Dyson Award success! The Waterloo start-up won one of two international runners-up awards for its smart contact lens, which monitors its wearer’s glucose levels. Its noninvasive blood testing capability has the potential to revolutionize blood monitoring – to the benefit of millions of diabetics.
Nanotechnology Engineering graduate Huayi Gao, co-founded Medella Health along with Waterloo Science graduate Maarij Baig and former Science and Business student Harry Gandhi.
The James Dyson Foundation has, for the third year in a row, recognized the problem-solving skills of Waterloo Nanotechnology Engineering (NE) graduates. This year, three Waterloo companies were selected in the first stage of the James Dyson Award competition judging process. Two of them, Medella Health and Arylla, were founded by NE graduates.
Nanotechnology Engineering graduate (2013) Duncan Strathearn is helping to bring nanotechnology to the masses with an affordable and easy-to-use atomic force microscope (AFM) that can fit in the palm of your hand.
Because AFMs are normally very large, extremely expensive and complex, they are typically part of exclusive academic and industry laboratories, which limits access to these high resolution microscopes – and the wonders they reveal.
At the recent Velocity Fund Finals, Nanotechnology Engineering student Ryan Brown and his colleagues at Salient Energy won a grand prize of $25,000, the top hardware prize of $10,000, and admission to the Velocity Garage where they can continue development of their technology.
Recent graduates of the University of Waterloo’s Nanotechnology Engineering program demonstrated their pitching talent, which is a key to entrepreneurial success, by winning the Digifest 2016 IT’S A START Pitch Competition.