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Biotech startup wins Entrepreneur Challenge

A biotechnology company developing early cancer screening tools took home $40,000 at the third annual UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge business plan competition.

Biological Dynamics, comprised of a team of graduate students, was awarded first prize for their patent-pending AC electric field devices to extract cancer biomarkers from whole blood without any sample preparation in a rapid, non-destructive manner.

The $20,000 second-place award was awarded to the UCSD-based medical device company Tritonics for a novel solution to prevent and treat clogging in implanted catheters with primary markets in the treatment of hydrocephalus.

Third-place winner RADIOFAST took home $10,000 for a plan to commercialize leading edge, high frequency imaging microsystems for the medical and security industry.

All teams were comprised of students. The competitors were selected from dozens of entries to vie for prizes in a live pitch-fest before a panel of high-profile judges, including Duane Roth, Mary Ann Beyster, Larry Bock, Leo Spiegel and San Diego Clean Tech Initiative Project Manager Jacques Chirazi. For the first time, the competition also awarded smaller track prizes of $2,000 to winners of each of the five entry subcategories.

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