Florida State Podcast of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The official Florida State University Podcast highlighting Entrepreneurship and Innovation with host Dr. Mark McNees

FSPEI S1E6 FLOEMA - Curing the $2.9 Billion Problem of Citrus Greening

November 19th, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Mark McNees sits down with Roderick Meyer and Jacob Gottlieb the team leaders of the Florida State University undergraduate students who earned a gold medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition Nov. 4 in Boston for their innovation combating citrus greening.

Citrus greening is a bacterial disease affecting 80% of Florida citrus crops. FLOEMA is a rapid prototyping platform of antimicrobial peptide cocktails designed to function as a bactericidal agent against the infection. Integrating hardware, wetware, and software, FLOEMA is able to offer citrus growers with a feasible solution to this bacterial epidemic. We are focused on leading the movement of saving Florida’s citrus with synthetic biology in an innovative, multidisciplinary atmosphere enriched with empathy, curiosity, and ingenuity.

FSU’s entry competed in a field of 360 teams from around the world. FSU was one of only eight American teams to earn gold and the first team from Florida. The other gold medal-winning American teams were MIT, Cornell, Virginia, Rice, Pittsburgh, UT-Austin and a combined squad from Stanford, Princeton, and Brown.

Read the article: https://news.fsu.edu/news/science-technology/2019/11/14/fsu-students-earn-gold-medal-at-international-synthetic-biology-competition/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the_big_story_november_18_2019&utm_term=2019-11-18

FSPEI S1E5 John Wilcox, CEO of Diatech

November 11th, 2019

In this amazing episode, Dr. Mark McNees interviews the Co-Founder and CEO of Diatech, John Wilcox.

Company overview:

Diatech Diabetic Technologies Inc. (Diatech) is a MEDtech startup that implements innovative solutions to enhance and empower the lives of patients, families, and communities impacted by diabetes. Diatech originated from the issues the company’s CEO, John Wilcox, was facing his own diabetes care technology as a type 1 diabetic. John’s story, along with all who are affected by diabetes, inspires Diatech to work endlessly towards optimizing and personalizing diabetes therapies for patients worldwide.

Diatech is developing the world’s first intelligent insulin pump infusion set system. Current insulin pump infusion sets are limited in wear time and reliability, compromising a diabetic patient’s health during the occurrence of infusion site malfunctions. These malfunctions range from blockages, leakages, and infusing into damaged tissue affected by lipohypertrophy. Through the use of AI, SmartFusion will understand the infusion habits of the user and suggest when to change sites and replace the infusion set, helping them get more out of their disposables.

Nicholas Cooper - COO
John Clark Gray - CSO
Luis E. Blanco - CTO
John Wilcox - CEO

FSPEI S1E4 Jim Moran College Student Internships

November 4th, 2019

Internships are a great way for students to gain practical experience in a company and have the opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom. That is why every Jim Moran College student is required to spend a semester under the guidance of the JMC's Director of Internships in a qualified internship before graduation. 

In this episode, Dr. Mark McNees sits down with three student interns to discuss their experiences. 

FSPEI: Season 1 Episode 3: Angela Udongwo, Co-Founder and CEO of Innohealth

October 28th, 2019
Angela Udongwo CEO and Co-Founder of InnoHealth Dx
The InnoHealth Dx strives to empower communities to eliminate neglected tropical diseases by supplying innovative solutions to communities that need them the most. InnoHealth's mission is to decrease the rate of schistosomiasis to less than 1% (below sustainable levels) beginning in Kano State, Nigeria.  
Infectious diseases have been a leading cause of death within tropical areas of the world for centuries. Within these regions, the focal point of healthcare has been tackling malaria, despite there being equal and even arguably higher endemic issues such as schistosomiases. Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) have wreaked havoc on not only the standard of living of the individuals in these parts of the world but have drastically reduced their life expectancy. The gravity of NTDs is further intensified by socioeconomic and educational differences between the individuals suffering from this disease and the individuals equipped to address their suffering.

With access to technology at the forefront of healthcare and utilizing cultural competency, InnoHealth will create a more comprehensible prognosis, transferable diagnosis, faster treatment rates, and overall further catalyze not only healthcare but the standard of living in these regions.

FSPEI: S1E2: Empowering Women Artisans with Textiles | Hannah King | Founder and CEO of Woven Futures

October 21st, 2019

Woven Futures is an ethical fashion company that links the world’s most remote artisan groups to a global fashion market through a model that emphasizes people over products and the sustainable creation of textile pieces. 

FSPEI: S1E1 (Pilot) The Founding of the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship with Guest Dr. Susan Fiorito

October 15th, 2019

Welcome to the pilot of the Florida State Podcast of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (FSPEI). FSPEI is a JMS production that showcases student entrepreneurs and their startups, checks-in with alumni to hear about the companies they are building, and provides the opportunity to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs who have built amazing companies.

In the pilot, I sit down with Dr. Susan Fiorito the founding Director of the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship and have a revealing conversation about what it was like behind the scenes starting a school from an entrepreneur's viewpoint. 

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