Lecture – 'From Idea to Impact: Bringing Medical Inventions From the Lab to the Market'

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Tissue biopsies may save lives, but the procedures can be painful and even dangerous. To lower the need for these procedures and to better monitor cancer reoccurrence, University of Arizona inventors Bernard Futscher and Lukas Vrba combined the latest discoveries in epigenetics. They used new methods in informatics to create a new breed of "liquid biopsy" – a blood test for screening, detecting and monitoring cancer. Working with Tech Launch Arizona, Futscher and Vrba have launched a startup, DesertDx, to bring the invention to doctors and their patients.

Join us for lunch and a discussion with the DesertDx team, including Futshher, Vrba and the CEO, Mark Nelson. Hear about their story and their challenges, and learn what it takes to grasp ideas from the lab to the world for maximum impact. We will also hear from Marie Wesselhoft, Tech Launch Arizona mentor-in-residence and life sciences entrepreneur, about how she mentored this entrepreneurial faculty team. Kaitlyn Norman-Powers, Tech Launch Arizona licensing manager for the University of Arizona Health Sciences, will moderate our discussion.

Who should attend? This talk will be geared toward faculty, researchers, staff and graduate students. Lunch will be provided for those who register in advance at the link below.

Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building, Room 103
Tucson, AZ
United States
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Tech Launch Arizona
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Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact, Ellen Ogley.