On this #FemaleFounderFriday, we’re celebrating Bakar Fellow & KarnaTeq founder Kathleen Collins, Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at UC Berkeley.
Professor Collins & Bakar Innovation Fellow Heather Upton generously shared their RNA sequencing technology as a project for this year’s Lean Transfer class, where students learned Lean Startup methods and conducted 100+ customer discovery interviews, under the guidance of NSF I-Corps instructors, Darren Cooke and Rhonda Shrader, along with the “Godfather” of I-Corps, Errol Arkilic.
Berkeley-Haas GAP student Stephanie Wen Mei Tan & Sociology major Ismael Chamu (pictured) were part of a team that represented the class in last week’s Collider Cup. Collider Cup is a daylong competition of the semester’s best teams from IEOR classes and projects, sponsored by the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology.
Other Lean Transfer projects this year included blockchain technology and IP from National I-Corps alum and head of UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute, Dr. John Coates.
Thanks to all the inventors and our partners at IPIRA who shared their time to benefit our amazing students and bring world-class tech ten steps closer to changing the world.