Georgetown University made a very welcoming host to our first US GapSummit. Here’s their write-up of how the experience was for their student contingent.
The GapSummit supplied significant opportunities to learn from some of the most prominent leaders in biotechnology today while providing a platform to cultivate global relationships with leaders of tomorrow. – Chaz Hinzman, Leader of Tomorrow, GapSummit 2017
The 100 LoTs from over 40 countries were selected through a competitive application process, including four of our very own Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) students – Samuel Edland (MS Candidate in Biotechnology ’17), Chaz Hinzman (MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ‘16 & PhD Candidate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, TBD), Janet Li (MS in Biostatistics ’17), and John Psaltis (MS in Biotechnology ’17 & PhD Candidate in Tumor Biology, TBD).
GapSummit 2017 focused on five gaps in the global bioeconomy – 1) Precision Medicine and Diagnostics, 2) Sustainability, 3) Beyond Education, 4) Research and Innovation, and 5) Science Policy and Regulation – and challenged the Leaders of Tomorrow to develop potential solutions to address these gaps. The ideas developed were nothing short of cutting edge.
Chaz Hinzman and his team came up with an idea to create a novel model of human pancreatic cancer in vitro by combining microfluidics, tissue engineering, and “organ-on-a-chip” technology in hopes to streamline the drug discovery process for new pancreatic cancer therapies.