Thursday, December 19, 2019

Congratulations to fourth-year Nanotechnology Engineering students Arianna Skirzynska, Cindy Yang, Chelsea Leung and Fezza Haider, who have been active – and successful – in this fall’s funding competitions.

Their Capstone Design team, Hi-ρ Cells, is developing a 3D bioreactor for high-density stem cell growth. Along with the technological skills they’re learning through the intensive hands-on aspects of their nanotechnology engineering project, the Hi-ρ Cells team is developing their entrepreneurial skills by competing for funding. And they’re killing it.

Within a span of only two days, the Hi-ρ Cells team won the $2,000 Baylis Medical Award and the $1,000 second place award in the BioTEC Pitch Competition.

Each year, Baylis Medical Company Inc. provides six $2,000 awards to student groups undertaking a fourth-year Capstone Design project in any program in the Faculty of Engineering. Judges select winners from proposals for projects with a healthcare/biomedical focus. In addition to the funding, winning student groups may have the opportunity to work with industry mentors from Baylis Medical Company Inc..

The BioTEC Pitch Competition, a new event held as part of the 2019 Biotechnology and Bioengineering Conference (BioTEC) on November 16, 2019, offered fourth-year Capstone Design teams the opportunity to showcase their innovative biomedical technology projects and receive feedback from representatives of Canadian venture capital firms.

All the best to team Hi-ρ Cells as they move their innovative 3D bioreactor from concept to reality.

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