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GPS student wins big at Brandeis Innovation’s SPARKTank competition

Brandeis Bioinformatics student Donald Son and his team of entrepreneurs took third place in last Sunday’s university-wide SPARKTank competition, an annual live-pitch event hosted by Brandeis Innovation.

Competing against 12 other groups seeking seed funding to bring their startups to market, Son’s team received $10,000 to further their work on Green Herb Analytics (HerbDx). The California-based facility uses analytical chemistry, software integration and medicinal cannabinoid biology to provide quality assurance lab testing and ensure that the product entering the market is safe for human consumption. The startup also seeks to establish an innovative, cutting-edge brand with affordable prices.

While Son himself does not use cannabis, he has a personal connection to unregulated supplements and medicines and their impact on public health.

Brandeis Innovation SPARKTank - Brandeis GPS Online Education - Brandeis GPS Blog“I take herbs to manage my chronic fatigue syndrome and was initially concerned about what I was putting into my body,” said Son. “During my own research, I came across cannabis just as it was being voted on for recreational use in California. I felt the need to ensure the safety of this product to the consumer.”

HerbDx plans to put its seed funding toward a small lab space, a mass spectrometer to optimize pesticide testing, and to advance production and marketing efforts. Outreach efforts will include an increased digital and social media presence, partnerships with special interest groups, and visibility at trade shows and conferences.

About SPARKTank
SPARKTank is a live pitch event where Brandeis entrepreneurs compete for seed funding in front of a live audience. Thirteen teams comprised of Brandeis students, faculty and staff pitched their innovative ideas to a panel of industry judges with the hopes of receiving a portion of the $50,000 grant pool. The pitches included startups, technologies and entrepreneurial ventures, which demonstrated the extensive breadth of entrepreneurial spirit at Brandeis University.

SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS: GeneLab at NASA-Ames Research Center

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Members of the Brandeis GPS Community may submit job postings from within their industries to advertise exclusively to our community. This is a great way to further connect and seek out opportunities as they come up. If you are interested in posting an opportunity, please complete the following form found here.

Where: This position is with GeneLab at NASA-Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. Applicants interested in the position will work with the Wyle Recruiting Agency.

Position: GeneLab Data Curator

The purpose of this position is to provide the GeneLab Project with data acquisition, curation and system operations support. The incumbent will support the lead Bioinformatician in supporting and coordinating bioinformatics efforts, working with the user community and collaborators (within NASA, academia and industry) for GeneLab. They will provide support to the omics and bioinformatics community for the software development team. Incumbent will perform other duties and assignments as required.

Responsibilities:

The incumbent shall have as a minimum a BS/BE with 3+ years experience or Masters with 0-2 years experience in bio-informatics, computational biology, bio-statistics, molecular biology, bio-chemistry, bio-engineering or related fields.

 

Click here to view further details on this opportunity!

To receive full consideration for this position, candidates are asked to submit a Resume/CV, Cover Letter and References through the recruiting agency’s online portal here.

Please make sure to reference seeing this position through the Brandeis GPS job spotlight post.

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