IEEE Foundation

Equalize 2021

Washington University & Osage University Partners

Equalize 2021

Equalize 2021
22 September 2021
Location: Hybrid | 12:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

Equalize is a virtual mentor program and pitch competition designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups.

This mentorship and education program culminates in a one-day virtual pitch event on 22 September 2021.

The program selects, coaches, and promotes academic women inventors with startup technologies to engage the investor and corporate community, build networks, and create a sustainable effort to drive women-founded university startups.

Zoom link will be sent out after registration

Equalize is focused on academic women in:

  • therapeutics
  • med tech
  • physical science

Sectors and will provide education on startups and pitching, individual sessions with a dedicated mentor, and preparation for a final pitch to an audience of investors, peers, and other supporters of advancing academic women entrepreneurship. Read More.

This event is hosted by Washington University in St. Louis & Osage University Partners.

Submit a pitch application and view eligibility requirements.

Time 22 September 2021
12:30 CST Welcome
Nichole Mercier, 
Washington University in St. Louis
Kirsten Leute, 
Osage University PartnersPresentation: The State of America’s Academic Women Inventors
Jane Muir, Muir & Associates Consulting
1 p.m. CST Pitch Competition — 10 minutes, followed by 5-minute judge Q&A

MedTech Breakout Room: 6 pitches

Therapeutics Breakout Room: 
6 pitches
1 p.m. CST Pitch 1

MedTech Room — Guelay Bilen-Rosas, University of Wisconsin
AyrFlo, Inc.
Respiration monitor measuring airflow

Therapeutics Room — Moshmi Bhattacharya, Rutgers University

Pitch 2

MedTech Room — Susann Brady-Kalnay, Case Western Reserve University
Startup: NeoIndicate
Advanced tools for improved tumor detection, imaging and treatment

Therapeutics Room — Angelique Bordey, Yale University
Technology: Small molecule Filamin A modulator

Pitch 3

MedTech Room — Hong Chen, Washington University in St. Louis
Startup: Sonobiopsy
Noninvasive molecular diagnosis of brain diseases

Therapeutics Room — Ashley Brown, North Carolina State University
Startup: Selsym Biotech, Inc.
Platelet-like-particles are injectable particles that mimic key aspects of natural platelets to stop bleeding and promote healing after injury

2 p.m. CST Pitch 4

MedTech Room — Anjelica Gonzalez, Yale University

Therapeutics Room — Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, University of Kentucky

Pitch 5

MedTech Room — Anais Rameau, Cornell University
Startup: MyophonX
 wearable silent speech device for patients with limited vocal capacity.

Therapeutics Room — Ruchi Gupta, Northwestern University
Startup: Yobee Care Inc.
a novel clinically demonstrated technology that uses nature-made ingredients to improve scalp, hair, and skin health safely via a sustained balance in the microbiome

Pitch 6

MedTech Room — Kyuson Yun, Houston Methodist/Cornell University
Startup: EMPIRI
Cal, a first in class, functional cancer diagnostic instrument to empirically determine drug responses from intact, live, patient tumor tissues to guide an optimized personalized treatment plan for cancer patients

Therapeutics Room — Carrie Perlman, Stevens Institute of Technology
Startup: Inspirate Biosciences 
Sulforohdamine B, an IV therapeutic for lowering surface tension in the lungs and thus treating acute respiratory failure

3 p.m. CST Panel

Jill Helms, Stanford University
Jennifer Silva, Washington University in St. Louis
Sunyoung Kim, Louisiana State University Health Science Center New Orleans
Kirsten Leute, Osage University Partners (moderator)

3:30 p.m. CST Closing & Awards
Nichole Mercier, 
Washington University in St. Louis
Kirsten Leute,
 Osage University Partners
4 p.m. CST End