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Finalists announced for Global Impact Award

Six finalists have been selected out of 34 applications from across the globe for the 3rd annual Global Impact Award (GIA). The finalists will compete for a prize of up to $50,000 during the final event that will be held this November at Washington University in St. Louis.

The finalists with ties to WashU Engineering include:

Epharmix: Builds disease-specific, automated, interactive communication tools that track patients’ conditions

    • Blake Marggraff (CEO; Washington University, BS ’15 Biology)

    • Evan Huang (CTO; Washington University, BS ’15 Computer Science)

    • Avik Som, PhD (Chief Medical Officer; Washington University, MD/PhD 17′)

    • Joe McDonald (COO/CFO; Washington University, BS ’15 Biomedical Engineering/MBA)

    • Christine Stavridis (Creative Director; Washington University, BFA ’11 Communication Design, Computer Science)

    • Andrew Garvin (Engineer; Washington University, BS DNC Computer Science)

    • Nicholas Spitzer (Medical Sales Representative)

    • Cody Meyer (Account Manager)



Geneoscopy: Colon cancer detection through take-home stool tests

    • Erica Barnell (Washington University School of Medicine MD/PhD Candidate)
    • Yiming Kang (Washington University PhD Candidate in Computer Science)
    • Andrew Barnell


Chrona Sleep: Chrona synchronizes the user’s brainwave activity using specialized low-frequency sounds to help the user sleep more deeply and to deliver more efficient rest.

    • Zim Hang (CEO; Washington University, BA ’14 Psychology)
    • Blake Sakran (Lead Engineer; Washington University, BS ’14 Biomedical Engineering, MS 15’ Electrical Engineering)
    • Shaun Vaidyan (Data Engineer; Washington University, BA ’14 Economics)


Hosted by the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the competition is made possible by alumnus Suren G. Dutia and his wife, Jas K. Grewal. It is geared toward early-stage startups, and its mission is to support the vision and passion of Washington University students, postdoctoral researchers, and recent alumni who are creating ventures that are scalable, sustainable and quick-to-market with proof of concept and a broad impact.

Read more on the Skandalaris Center website.

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