Geneoscopy and Strayos win the 2017 Global Impact Award

Two new Global Impact Award (GIA) winners have been selected. The $50,000 award will be split evenly between Geneoscopy and Strayos.

Ravi Sahu (left) of Strayos talks with Erica Barnell of Geneoscopy during the reception following the event. Strayos and Geneoscopy were the two ventures to receive awards. (Photo by Sid Hastings)

Geneoscopy’s novel method to extract RNA biomarkers from stool enables a new wave of noninvasive diagnostic tests to prevent, detect, and treat gastrointestinal (GI) disease.

Strayos helps mining and quarry engineers acquire site data for material extraction. Their proprietary 3D photogrammetry software eliminates the need for expensive laser scanners by automating site data collection. They use drone data to provide real-time 3D analytics, predicting efficient and accurate blast patterns while significantly decreasing delivery time and improving safety measures.

They join the ranks of past winners, Nanopore Diagnostics (2014), ViFlex (2014), Applied Particle Technology (2015), and Epharmix (2016).

The GIA competition awards Washington University students, postdoctoral researchers, and recent alumni whose ventures are scalable, sustainable, and quick-to-market with proof of concept and a broad impact. It is hosted by the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Skandalaris Center), and it is made possible by the generous donation of alumnus Suren G. Dutia and his wife, Jas K. Grewal.

The Skandalaris Center helps the teams as they prepare for the finals. “We are delighted with the record levels of engagement with the Global Impact Award by our students, former participants, mentors and the entrepreneurial community at large,” explains Emre Toker, Managing Director for the Skandalaris Center.

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