Navigation Links
Freshman class sparks start-up company
Date:10/3/2007

Thinking like an entrepreneur begins early for students at Wake Forest University, where last year six freshmen got so excited about their first-year seminar in biophysics they started a company.

Armed with a three-phase business plan, they are raising start-up funds through grants and private investments for their company, BioBotz, which aims to produce an educational interactive online game, an animated television series and ancillary stuffed toys and action figures starring characters based on the amino acid chains that operate like tiny robots inside human cells.

Theyre trying to create the Pokemon of molecular biology, explains Jed Macosko, an assistant professor of physics at Wake Forest who taught their first-year seminar, Harnessing Lifes Molecular Machines: From AIDS Tests to Hydrogen Cars, a course that encourages students to look at the molecular level of cells for new product and process ideas that can be developed into entrepreneurial ventures.

None of the six students knew each other prior to attending the class, but after Macosko encouraged them to consider turning the business idea they conceived as a classroom assignment into reality, they stayed in touch over the summer, developing the characters and storyline that will drive the action.

We want to take the complexities inside a cell, and make them fun for kids to learn, says Mike Metzmaker, a sophomore from Massachusetts and spokesman for the group.

Other students in the group are Sara Branson of West Virginia, Ashley Edwards of Texas, Michael Epstein of Connecticut, Jane Lee of New Jersey and Elizabeth Newman of Ohio.

This year, the six sophomore entrepreneurs are meeting weekly with Macosko to get valuable guidance on their venture, while fulfilling one of the requirements for an entrepreneurship and social enterprise minor, an option chosen by more than 100 Wake Forest students from across a wide variety of majors. In addition to these advising sessions, the entire group meets each Sunday to plot strategy for the week, and then subcommittees tackle such tasks as market research, writing letters and grant applications and completing the process to attain legal status as a nonprofit corporation.

BioBotz has secured seed funds from the Wake Forest Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts and some money from a private supporter, but to raise the capital needed to launch its initial phase of educational products the company is seeking additional funding from foundations and individuals.


'/>"/>

Contact: Eric Frazier
frazieef@wfu.edu
336-758-5237
Wake Forest University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. New, automated tool successfully classifies and relates proteins in unprecedented way
2. Newly-discovered class of genes determines ?and restricts ?stem cell fate
3. An entropy-based gene selection method for cancer classification using microarray data
4. PANTHER Protein Classification System Database 5.0
5. Towards precise classification of cancers based on robust gene functional expression profiles
6. FDA Announces Series of Changes to the Class of Marketed Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
7. Innovative collaboration brings Arctic science into the classroom
8. Lipids get new comprehensive classification system
9. Health costs soar as 60 million Americans classed as obese
10. New book expands biological classifications to account for alien life
11. New classification of eukaryotes has implications for AIDS treatment, agriculture and beyond
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/13/2017)... 13, 2017 UBM,s Advanced Design and Manufacturing ... feature emerging and evolving technology through its 3D Printing ... run alongside the expo portion of the event and ... demonstrations focused on trending topics within 3D printing and ... manufacturing event will take place June 13-15, 2017 at the ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ:   NXTD ) ... appointment of independent Directors Mr. Robin D. Richards ... Directors, furthering the company,s corporate governance and expertise. ... Gino Pereira , Chief Executive ... their guidance and benefiting from their considerable expertise as we ...
(Date:4/4/2017)... 4, 2017   EyeLock LLC , a leader ... United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued ... linking of an iris image with a face image ... the company,s 45 th issued patent. ... timely given the multi-modal biometric capabilities that have recently ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... ... San Diego-based team building and cooking events company, Lajollacooks4u, has unveiled a ... new look is part of a transformation to increase awareness, appeal to new markets ... It will also expand its service offering from its signature gourmet cooking classes and ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... For the second time ... US2020 STEM Mentoring Award. Representatives of the FirstHand program travelled to Washington, D.C. ... US2020. , US2020’s mission is to change the trajectory of STEM education in ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... research firm Parks Associates announced today that Tom Kerber ... Annual Meeting , October 11 in Scottsdale, Arizona . ... how smart safety and security products impact the competitive landscape. ... Parks Associates: Smart Home Devices: Main Purchase Driver ... "The residential security market has experienced continued growth, and the ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... , ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... and business process optimization firm for the life sciences and healthcare industries, announces ... conference in San Francisco. , The presentation, “Automating GxP Validation for Agile Cloud ...
Breaking Biology Technology: