Poster Session & Pitchoffs

The Yale Innovation Summit features both a Biotech and Tech Pitch Contest and a Poster Session.

Poster Session

Electronic and paper posters will be displayed throughout the event in the outdoor event space at Evans Hall where lunch is served. Investors and industry leaders are encouraged to circulate and speak to investigators. Check out e-posters from the 2017 event here! (password: yale)


Biotech & Tech Pitch Contests

Yale investigators with early-stage startups pitch for cash prizes up to $5,000.

Biotech Pitch Contest Finalist Presentations (11:15am in Zhang Auditorium)

ChitRx – Engaging chitinases in the treatment of asthma. Team: Geoffrey Chupp, MD, Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary); Director, Yale Center for Asthma and Airways Disease (YCAAD); Director, Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Yale-New Haven Hospital.

VasoRx – Developing a nanoparticle-based therapy to reduce the progression of atherosclerosis. Team: Michael Simons, MD, Robert W. Berliner Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor of Cell Biology; Pei-Yu Chen, PhD, Associate Research Scientist.

Sidera Medicine –Targeting stem cell-like, invasive subpopulations of glioblastoma and melanoma with a new generation of highly selective small-molecule kinase drugs. Team: Jesse Rinehart, PhD, Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology; Farren Isaacs, PhD, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

SepDx – An integrated platform for diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. Team: Melissa Davis, MD, Clinical Fellow in Radiology and Biomedical Imaging; David Kaufman, MD, Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease Medicine, Yale New Haven Bridgeport Hospital.

StraDEFY – Redefining skin cancer prevention and treatment using breakthroughs in nanotechnology. Team: Mark Saltzman, PhD, Goizueta Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering & Physiology; Michael Girardi, MD, Professor of Dermatology; Director, Residency Program; Vice Chair; Linda Fong, PhD candidate at Yale University.

ADM Therapeutics – A new approach for the rescue of insulin-secreting b-cells in diabetics. Team: Andrew Miranker, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry.

Rarebase – Developing a new generation of chemotherapy agents against cancer stem cells. Team: Andrew Xiao, PhD Associate Professor, Yale Stem Cell Center.

Exolva – Cell-permeable miniature proteins that can deliver better medicine. Team: Alanna Schepartz, PhD, Milton Harris ’29 Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Rebecca Wissner, Postdoctoral candidate in chemistry.

Tech Pitch Contest Finalist Presentations (11:15am in Room 2400)

Rio Medical – an off-the-shelf filter that plugs into standard IV lines and purges gas from infusions. Team: Sandra Lynne Fryhofer, JD-MBA Candidate at Yale Law School and Yale School of Management; Ketan R. Bulsara, MD, MBA; Matt Wilkens, MBA; Sandra Saldana-Ortega, PhD (MBA ’17); Steven Cramer, PhD.

LaPor – creating a better blue laser diode using porous technology. Team: Jung Han, William A. Norton Professor in Technological Innovation; Ge Yuan, PhD Electrical Engineering (’17).

Py – a mobile platform to improve the way people learn on their phone. Team: Derek Lo (YC ’17).

Alva Health – a wearable device for detection of neurological symptoms. Team: Kevin Sheth, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and of Neurosurgery; Division Chief, Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology; Director, Neuroscience ICU; Chief, Clinical Research, Department of Neurology); Sandra Saldana-Ortega, PhD (SOM ’17); Hitten Zaveri, PhD, Associate Professor in Neurology; Ronald Coifman, PhD, Philips Professor of Math and Computer Science.

CertiKOS – The first fully certified OS kernel that is done economically, proves more properties, runs on concurrent hardware and is truly extensible. Team: Zhong Shao, PhD, Professor of Computer Science.

Trellis – A network survey app that allows users to track and manage teams in order to improve productivity. Team: Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, Director Human Nature Lab and Co-Director, Yale Institute for Network Science; Thomas Keegan, PhD, Director of Yale’s Human Nature Lab; Mark McKnight, Web Developer at Yale’s Human Nature Lab; Marcus Alexander, PhD, scientist in Yale’s Human Nature Lab.

HardID – Hardware fingerprint for IoT devices. Team: Jakub Szefer, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Wenjie Xiong, Ph.D. candidate in Department of Electrical Engineering at Yale University

Lifeguard – a minimally-invasive, temporary neuro-protection device for aortic valve replacement. Team: Brendan Bell, Postgraduate Associate at Yale SEAS; Tarek Fahmy, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Immunobiology; Alexandra Lansky, MD, Professor of Medicine in the section of Cardiology at the Yale School of Medicine; Cody Pietras, Associate Director of Scientific Affairs, Yale Cardiovascular Research Group.