FROM IDEA TO IMPACT: Bringing medical inventions from the lab to the market

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

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, UA inventors Bernard Futscher and Lukas Vrba combined the latest discoveries in epigenetics with 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, they have launched a startup, DesertDx, to bring the invention to doctors and their patients.

Join us for lunch and a discussion with the UA/DesertDx team, including Drs. Futshher and Vrba and CEO Dr. Mark Nelson. Hear about their story and their challenges, and learn what it takes to take ideas from the lab to the world for maximum impact.

We will also hear from Marie Wesselhoft, TLA Mentor-in-Residence and life sciences entrepreneur, about how she mentored this entrepreneurial faculty team.

Kaitlyn Norman-Powers, TLA Licensing Manager for UA Health Sciences, will moderate our discussion.

Who should attend?

While this talk will be geared toward faculty, researchers, graduate students and staff, all are welcome.

USING THE FORM ON THIS PAGE, register early to reserve your seat and have lunch provided for you.



Event Contacts: 
Ellen Ogley
Adminsitrative Associate
520-621-7262


Register: From Idea to Impact, 11/13/19

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