"With something like our device, we can take our diagnosis method directly to the patients for the first time," Grimberg said. "This would greatly increase our ability to detect malaria infections."
John R. Lewandowski approached Grimberg about condensing the technology into a handheld device and bringing RAM to market. He had become interested in combating malaria as an undergraduate, designing a low-cost evaporative cooling system for bed nets distributed in Sub-Saharan Africa as part of an undergraduate design project in the Case School of Engineering. The nets were underused because they trapped stifling heat.
"The beauty of the RAM device is its ability to balance social impact and financial profitability," Lewandowski said. "At every competition or showcase, our device stands out because of that unique combination."
Disease Diagnostic Group LLC won $10,000 in cash and $30,000 worth of mentoring and advisory services in the LaunchTown competition finals Wednesday. They beat out two other Case Western Reserve entrepreneurial teams: NanoHarv Technologies, which has developed a system for harvesting and dewatering microalgae for clean energy or other uses, and Hole Patch LLC, makers of quick and easy temporary pothole repairs. The LaunchTown competition also included 26 other startups from the University of Akron, Kent State, Cleveland State and Youngstown State universities.
DDG earlier won a total of $26,500 in the Rice competition: $1,500 for their ninth-place finish, a $10,000 Sheafor-Lindsay Social Impact Award - Triple Bottom Line Business Plan Idea (People, Profit, Planet), and a $15,000 - FLS Associates Mentoring Award.
Mark Lewandowski, who is also working as a tech speci
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