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Team of Tulane Biomedical and Bioinnovation Students Awarded $44,000 at International Rice Business Plan Competition
April 12, 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 (stay tuned!!). Read Article >>
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 Article >>

Forbes Ranks New Orleans Top "Brainpower City" in the Nation
Forbes, April 3, 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 Article >>

Doctoral Student Named a University Innovation Fellow
New Wave, November 26, 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 Article >>

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 Article >>

Seeking Scientists with Business Sense
New Wave, September 18, 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 Article >>

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 Article >>

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