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Avon Foundation for Women, NIH, and the Center for Advancing Innovation Launch Start-Up Challenge to Advance Breast Cancer Biomedical Invention

judging. Selected finalists will receive an award of $5,000 and will present a comprehensive business plan. Winning start-ups will be recognized in June 2014. It is anticipated that up to 30 successful start-ups will apply and be awarded funding from venture and other sources, which could range from $100,000 to over 1 million dollars.

Judges for this contest include:

  •     Robert Berg, Senior Vice President, IRI
  •     Katherine Bowdish, Ph.D., Vice President R&D and Head of Sunrise, Sanofi
  •     Kapil Dhingra, MBBS, Managing Member, KAPital Consulting
  •     Nick Donofrio, IBM Executive Vice President Innovation and Technology (Retired)
  •     Terry J. Fetterhoff, Sr. Director, Head, US Chief Technology Office Diagnostics Division, Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.
  •     Mary Haak-Frendscho, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer, Ingenica, Inc.
  •     Eric Hale, J.D. M.S., MBA, Associate Director, Office of Clinical and Preclinical Development Partnerships, Center for Cancer Research, NCI
  •     John D. Hewes, Ph. D. Technology Transfer Specialist, Technology Transfer Center, NCI
  •     Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D. Executive Director, Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade
  •     Michael King Jolly, Pharm.D. Senior Vice President, Quintiles Innovation
  •     Richard Lipkin, Venture Partner at Easton Capital Investment Group
  •     James R. McCullough, Chief Executive Officer, Exosome Diagnostics
  •     Carol Nacy, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sequella, Inc.
  •     Christine K. Norton, Co-Founder, Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalit

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