Co-founder Gessner wins Award

Dr. Ryan Gessner has been awarded one of this year’s Innovation Fellow Awards through Carolina Kickstart. The fellowships are part of a larger effort to translate discoveries made in UNC’s academic laboratories into applications that can benefit people outside the university setting. As a recipient of the innovation fellowship, Gessner will receive a full year of salary support, as well as mentorship and support services from Carolina KickStart that include access to market research databases, free Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) consultations, and auditing of business classes.

“The Innovation Fellowship Program is intended to tap student potential in forming university startups and retain highly trained talent to North Carolina,” said Don Rose, Ph.D., director of Carolina KickStart. “Because the fellows are typically from the lab where the startup originated, the graduate student can provide important technical expertise in developing the product. It also provides the recently graduated PhDs with business training and experience in how science is commercialized.”

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