Two teams win inaugural Global Impact Award

Nanopore Diagnostics LLC and ViFlex LLC are the inaugural winners of the Suren G. Dutia and Jas K. Grewal Global Impact Award from the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dutia (BS ’63, AB, MS ’67) and Grewal, husband and wife entrepreneurs and investors, established the award in the belief that the power of technology can solve real-world problems by giving highly motivated entrepreneurs the tools to foster innovation.

Nanopore, winner of a $40,000 prize, is developing a rapid and portable bacterial diagnostic test to take the guesswork out of prescribing antibiotics.

ViFlex, which took home a $10,000 prize, is developing a pair of low-cost, adjustable eyeglasses as part of a sustainable and scalable solution to reduce the burden of poor vision for the 700 million in the developing world who have untreated refractive error.

A panel of judges selected Nanopore and ViFlex from six finalists.