UChicago Researchers, Booth Students to Connect at Fall Collaboratorium

University of Chicago

The Fall Collaboratorium will be held in person and virtually, Tuesday, September 28, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Seven teams from across the University of Chicago presented at the Collaboratorium, which brings together Chicago Booth students with researchers and faculty who are exploring commercialization opportunities for their work.

“The Collaboratorium connects UChicago community members from across campus in ways that they might not otherwise interact,” explained Ellen Zatkowski, Polsky Center assistant director and manager of the Collaboratorium. “These connections between world-class scientists and talented students foster strong collaborations that have generated enormous impact by bringing cutting-edge technologies to the wider world.”

Teams presenting included:

  • Gateway Biome // Gateway Biome is developing a comprehensive and predictive diagnostic tool that can define a healthy microbiome, which is not currently possible. The specificity of the team’s solution can hopefully inform future interventions and treatments for diseases of the microbiome.
  • Inclusive Health // The team is developing a digital patient-centered medical solution providing comprehensive care and specialty pharmacy services for the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Innoface // Innoface is developing a scientifically validated face generation and inference tool using deep learning with a wide range of potential market applications.
  • Open Data Platform // The team is developing an open data platform to provide easy access to data and fast reproducibility of data analyses with applications in education, non-profit organizations, and mass media.
  • Personal Tumor Models // The team’s goal is to enable a person to order an accurate 3D printed model of their own tumor. Doctors may also use this tool to communicate disease and treatment options within a framework of personalized medicine.
  • Si-Light // Si-Light has designed a set of biological modulation methods based on the light interaction with semiconductor materials and devices. They are exploring applications in medical implants and the electroceutical industry.
  • SoundFlow // SoundFlow is developing a new generation of optofluidic technologies using flow and sound waves to control liquid crystals. These technologies expand the possibilities of how we can build displays with exciting potential to improve the contrast ratio, response times, resolution, and much more.

The Collaboratorium gives researchers and technologists a platform to showcase their research, technology, or ideas. Through discussions with students, participating researchers develop a better understanding of how to pursue a business opportunity. The event also connects these researchers with UChicago students and alumni with whom they may be interested in partnering to embark upon any of the following aspirations: further academic study, market research, a business partnership, or participation in a Polsky Center program, like the I-Corps program.

Previous participants include BiomeSense, ExplORer Surgical, NetMicroscope, Resilient Games Studio, Seurat Therapeutics, and Super.tech.

Questions? Contact Ellen Zatkowski.

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