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TI:GER® Receives $1M Endowment from the Batts

Warran Batts and Marie Thursby

The Warren Batts Endowment is one of the major factors in TI:GER growing from a small seed NSF funded pilot to the great success it is today. Warren (Electrical Engineering 1961) who touts TI:GER as a favorite cross-functional program, has just added $1 million to his endowment ensuring that we stay the leading interdisciplinary technology entrepreneurship program.  Thank you Warren Batts!

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Welcome Nicole Morris

TI:GER is pleased to announce Nicole Morris as the new TI:GER Program Director for the Emory Law School. As a Professor in Practice, Nicole’s areas of expertise include patent law, patent litigation, IP licensing and strategy. Please join us as we welcome Nicole to the TI:GER faculty.

TI:GER Goes to Belgium

First it was Munich, then Copenhagen and now Belgium! Six TI:GER students traveled to Belgium in October to collaborate with Ku Leuven’s students from Flanders Business School Executive Entrepreneurship program. The teams are working on projects with Colruyt Group and DCM, two of Belgium’s premier companies. We will welcome the Belgian students in Spring 2016 to finalize the projects.

Team NanoCliq Showcased at GA Bio Summit

NanoCliq, a second year TI:GER team, presented at Georgia’s largest Bioscience Conference on November 2nd  to an audience of over 300 professionals from industry, academia and government. This conference is a who’s who for Georgia’s bioscience and medical device community where major trends and issues related to research and product development are discussed. NanoCliq provides immunologists with a platform to rapidly and efficiently develop vaccines by reducing the number of iterations needed to find ones that work.

Welcome New TI:GER Class!

The first year TI:GER teams tackled the Leadership Challenge Course at Georgia Tech! This annual team-building tradition is always a favorite and a great bonding experience for the newly-formed teams. Our nine new teams cover a broad range of disciplines including materials science and engineering, nuclear engineering, biochemistry, computer science, industrial design, biomedical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering.

TI:GER Alumni Reunion a Smash

TI:GER alumni, faculty, and industry advisors mixed and mingled at our seventh annual reunion in September. Over 60 attendees had the chance to judge and vote on the elevator pitch competition among second year TI:GER teams. Congratulations to teams Bioletics and Widar for finishing in first place! Thanks to all those who attended. It was great to see so many familiar faces.

TI:GER Team Viapore Wins 1st Place

On the heels of competition wins last spring, Viapore duo Brennan Torstrick and Nathan Evans, both PhD candidates at Georgia Tech, achieved victory again at the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) World Congress in September!  Despite missing their JD and MBA teammates – Hewitt, Kroge and Schweizer – Torstrick and Evans leveraged their knowledge gained through the TI:GER program and previous competitions to achieve this win. Viapore is addressing a major clinical need through its porous PEEK implant technology for spinal implant surgeries.

TI:GER Alumni Give Back

Many thanks to the TI:GER alums who are actively involved in helping our current students:

  • Nantanya Brooks (JD 2013) as the Master of Ceremonies for the alumni reunion.
  • Walter Voit (PhD 2009) as a guest speaker on identifying market opportunities for his TI:GER sponsored research.
  • Brad Burman (JD 2009) and Brad Kairdolf (PhD 2008) for their continuing service as our alumni representative on our advisory board.
  • John Melonakos (PhD 2008) as participant on our entrepreneur panel.
  • Bobby Walling (JD 2009) takes on a another TI:GER team as its legal mentor.
  • Dave Beck (MBA 2005) and Brad Kairdolf (PhD 2008) as pitch coaches for the 2nd year pitch camp.
  • And thanks to the many alums who help our current students with their career search

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