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Six UW Students Selected for ITHS and WRF Summer MBA Fellowship Program

Six UW graduate students have been selected for the ITHS and WRF Summer MBA Fellowship program.

Six UW Students Selected for ITHS and WRF Summer MBA Fellowship Program

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences and Washington Research Foundation announced today the acceptance of six University of Washington graduate students to the 2016 Summer MBA Fellowship program.

The ITHS and WRF Summer MBA Fellowship program offers graduate students an opportunity to build a commercialization plan for a promising technology. Fellows are first paired with an early-stage technology from the University of Washington’s CoMotion. Then, beginning in June, the fellows will work with the inventors, as well as mentors from ITHS, Washington Research Foundation, the UW’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, and CoMotion, to evaluate if the technology presents a start-up or licensing opportunity.

The fellowship awards each student with an $10,000 stipend and is managed by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, with support from ITHS, Washington Research Foundation, and CoMotion.

The six fellows, their affiliation, and the project to which they will devote 10 weeks this summer are:

FellowUW SchoolProject
Anne MaertensEvans School MPAHaptic Passwords
Amanda Zila (Chung)PharmacologyCatch and Release
Shivani GuptaBioengineeringFactor Xa Inhibitor
Charlotte LundayLawOne Radio
Logan JacobsFoster School of BusinessLC-Tourniquet
Brett GardnerFoster School of BusinessMuscle Function Device

“The WRF and ITHS summer fellows are MBAs and PhD students who’ve taken the core entrepreneurship courses. The beauty of the program is that the students work with the inventors and their teams, as well as our offices, to do a deep dive into the commercialization potential of the technologies. That’s a process that’s often unpredictable and complicated,” said Connie Bourassa-Shaw, Director of the UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. “But at the end of the summer, when the final presentations are taking place and the students make their recommendations for the technology, you see that the information they have produced is so appreciated and insightful to the inventors. It’s a real win-win.”

Learn more about the ITHS and WRF Summer MBA Fellowship program >



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