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TI:GER® Collaborates with LMU in Munich
Six TIGER students were awarded participation in a special international project in collaboration with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in München with their Innovation Center, INNO-tec.
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in München The students are working in two teams with German PhD students in management and physics for projects with two German-based startups. In addition to working in their teams, the seminar included visits to BMW headquarters and WILEX, and a special session at the European Patent Office.

TI:GER® Program in the Spotlight
The latest issue of The Pioneer Newsletter from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory featured TI:GER® program PhD candidates Melissa Li and Chris Lee. Both students commented on the impact of TI:GER®'s interdisciplinary program on the commercialization of their research.

TIGER® Turns 10
We kicked off our 10th class at Berry College with a ropes challenge course. This annual team-building event is always a favorite and a great bonding experience for the newly-formed teams. Berry College Ropes Course

The seven new teams cover a broad range, including chemistry, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering.

Welcome Katie Hunt
Catherine (Katie) Hunt, is TI:GER®'s latest addition to its impressive Industry Advisory Board.
Dr. Hunt is R&D director in Innovation Sourcing & Sustainable Technologies at The Dow Chemical Company. She actively builds collaboration teams across Dow with universities, companies, national labs, and government agencies focused on accelerating the pace of innovation. Katie Hunt

Student News

TI:GER® Students Win Awards
Justin Welborn Justin Welborn, a first-year TI:GER® student, tied for first place in the "Innovation Whiteboard Challenge" winning a $10,000 cash prize at the National Black MBA Career Fair in Atlanta in October for his robotic self-tuning guitar kit.

Hoseon Lee, a second year TI:GER® student and PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his advisor, Manos Tentzeris, are working on a prototype to produce an integrated wireless system for explosives detection. Lee's paper, based on this sensing technology, received an Honorable Mention at the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium (IEEE APS) Best Student Paper competition.

Melissa Li, along with her advisors Craig Forest and David Ku, won a Coulter Translational Research grant.
Melissa's TI:GER® team, Cardiam, is working on the commercialization of a medical device that would enable measurement of dosing efficacy of anti-platelet drugs, often used to prevent and treat heart attacks. This $100,000 grant will fund the device's pre-clinical trials on the most commonly prescribed anti-platelet drug, Plavix. Melissa Li

Almuni News

Third Annual Alumni Reunion
TIGER Alumni Reunion

TI:GER® alumni, faculty and industry advisers mixed and mingled at our third annual reunion in August. Nearly 60 folks showed up to talk about old TI:GER® times and catch up on new jobs, families, etc.

The crowd was wowed by a presentation by SpherIngenics, a second-year TI:GER® team that placed third in GT's 2011 business plan competition.


TI:GER® Industry Advisory Board Meeting
TITI:GER® advisers came together on November 14-15 to review the second year teams' progress toward commercialization. The board is composed of entrepreneurs, investors and attorneys, as well as individuals from larger corporations, such as Dow Chemical.

TI:GER® Clean Sweeps UGA at Third Pitch-off 11/28
2011 Pitch-off finalists Who says we can't beat them Dawgs? Second year TI:GER® teams cleaned up at the Pitch-off Competition against UGA's Entrepreneurial Ventures, with TI:GER® "pitchers" taking all four finalist spots.

Chris Palazola of SpherIngenics won first place for $600; $400 went to Hana Anderson of Dusty, while Mike Smith of Sentry and Jiten Patel of Optimiz3D each won $250 as finalists. Each team presented their story with a three-minute fast pitch using only three slides.

Cash prizes up to $1500 were awarded by and local investor Jerry Recht.


DiagNano Hits the News

DiagNano, a company formed by Brad Kairdolf (PhD 2008) and Kristina Crockett (MBA 2008), recently placed in the top 10 in the Southeast Bio/Plan competition and was featured on the October 2011 issue of Georgia Trend magazine.

Accelereyes Boosts Mobile Apps

Continuing on its profitable growth path, Accelereyes now offers software for iOS and Android mobile platforms.

Syzygy Keeps on the Move

Syzygy Memory Plastics, a company formed from a 2009 TIGER team, is now located in Dallas, TX.

Walter Voit, one of the co-founders whose research and technology are the basis for the company’s shape memory polymer products, is an Assistant Professor at the University Texas at Dallas. Brent Duncan, CEO, has headquartered the company in Dallas to more closely link the company’s operations with its research and development.

AlphiZhi Receives Grant

AlpZhi received a Phase-IIA grant of $50K from Georgia Research Alliance to continue development of its patent pending technology. Since its formation in 2009, AlpZhi has raised over $250K in grants and recently added researchers to its team. Through its membership in ATDC, the company has connected with potential partners and customers in the fields of imaging and display devices.

2Rules Fine Art Opens with a Bang

Becky Rule (TI:GER MBA 2011) and her mother, Lois Rule (also an MBA from Georgia Tech), launched their art gallery, 2 Rules Fine Art, in September. The gallery, located just off Marietta Square, features nearly a dozen artists from all over North America.

Though her gallery is not a technology company, Becky put her TI:GER training to work researching the art market, interviewing other art dealers, and visiting galleries throughout the US.

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