I-Corps Success Stories

A photo collage of the Sulis Team (from left top)  Ari, Yuki, Anurag and Sarah.

Cohort 1 Team "Rivers Lab" Goes to National I-Corps - This team, now called VSTEP,  attended the spring 2019 National I-Corps Program.   Teammates Harish Damodaran (EL); Judith Deutsch (AL) and Mentor Brad Angevine completed over 75 interviews after only 3 weeks.  The team is charged with finishing 100 interviews by the time their cohort (held in St. Louis, MO) ends on March 1.

New startup - RenewCo2.  Our cohort 2 team Co2Chem has a new name, RenewCo2, and is now an official company.  Led by Entrepreneurial Lead Karin Calvinho, Academic Leads Anders Laursen, and G. Charles Dismukes, and I-Corps Mentor Beth Ann Murphy, the team developed catalysts that can convert carbon dioxide - the main cause of global warming - into plastics, fabrics, resins and other products. Read more about this exciting start-up here.

Student Team Incorporates and heads to Nationals.   The Assays Team from Cohort 2 led by brothers Adin (Entrepreneurial Lead) and Ethan Aoki (Academic Lead) has formed a company, Inscriptures, LLC.  This dynamic pair (they completed over 50 interviews during their Rutgers I-Corps Site program), heads to the I-Corps National Program this summer to further test their commercial smartphone application - custom tailored to capture, follow, share, and edit modular audiovisual biomedical protocols on the fly.

Team, Sulis "Putting its idea to the Test"
The Rutgers team (See photos above) from Cohort 1 recently completed a pilot in India and competed to win a $1 million prize participating in the Hult Prize Accelerator in England. 

Team members include: Ari Mendelow, a 2017 School of Engineering graduate, Yuki Osumi and Anurag Modak, School of Arts and Sciences students, and Sarah Pomeranz, a Rutgers Business School student.

Sulis got its start in a social innovation class at Rutgers-New Brunswick Honor College, where Modak began collaborating with Osumi and Pomeranz. The idea was selected as a project for the Innovation Lab, an incubator within the Honors College, where the three students, joined by Mendelow, have continued to develop the technology at the heart of Sulis, which uses ultraviolet light to sanitize water – about 12 liters in seven hours. In the past year, the team has not only participated at Rutgers I-Corps site program, but have pitched the idea at some 20 competitions, including the Hult and Rutgers Competition and the Hult Prize regionals in Boston.  Visit their Indiegogo site for updates.

Fierce Competitors:

  • Team RootedInYou from Cohort 1 (Entrepreneurial Leads Mary Anne Royal and Garish Harinath) competed in the Hofstra Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge in Hempstead, New York. 
  • Three teams from Cohort 1 Competed in the Biomedical Entrepreneurship Network (BEN)'s inagural Competition as part of the BEN Health Innovation Summit in April 2018 .  The teams were EpocMD (ELs Sudeepti Vendula and Charles Rabolli, and ALs Neel Nirgudkar and Sarah Salter); NADI (EL David Lo, Academic Lead Aayush Visaria) and Sulis (Els Anurag Modak and Sarah Pomeranz, ALs Ari Mendelow and Yuki Osumi)


I-Corps Open Houses

Two Open Houses were held to educate and attract teams to the I-Corps Program. 

Ther second Open House and Intellectual Property Overview was held on September 13, 2018 at the Life Sciences Auditorium on Busch Campus.  New attendees and graduates from the first two Cohorts were in attendance.

We held our first I-Corps Open House on May 21st 2018 at the Fiber Optics Lobby, Busch Campus.   We welcomed many new faces and also five teams from our first cohort. 



Rutgers National I-Corps Teams Find Success

Rutgers University has had over a dozen teams receive National I-Corps awards.

The value of the program and benefits to the team members are shown in the examples below:

  • Dr. KiBum Lee (New Brunswick School of Arts and Sciences  - Chemistry and Chemical Biology ) who participated in the I-Corps Program in April 2015 for the technology  “NanoScript: A Nanoparticle-Based Artificial Transcription Factor for Effective Gene Regulation and Stem Cell Differentiation” received  $175,000 in follow-on funding from the University City Science Center’s QED Program.
  • Dr. Daniel Murnick, (Newark - Colleges of Arts and Sciences – Physics) who completed the July 2014 National I-Corps Cohort for commercialization of “Radio-Carbon Analyzer for Biomedical Applications” received grant funding the following year from the National Science Foundation totaling $703,354.
  • Dr. Michael Johnson – (New Brunswick - School of Environmental & Biological Sciences - Environmental Science)  attended the January 2016 I-Corps program for “Improved Skeletal Visualization Process for Developmental Toxicology and a Novel 3-D Histology Technology”   Later in 2016 the team was awarded an NSF Phase I SBIR grant; In January 2017 Michael was named to Forbes list of 30 under 30 for Science; the team also received follow-on funding from the Foundation Venture Capital Group. Visit the Visikol website.