July I-Corps @ UC Berkeley: Wrap Up

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Another strong cohort this month with teams from across the Bay Area (UC Berkeley, UCSF, Stanford, SFSU) and beyond, including UNR, Harvard Medical School and three Yale-affiliated teams!

One standout team that’s well poised for Nationals is KovaDx. The team was also recently award a summer-long Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Fellowship.  KovaDx is developing a quick and affordable diagnostic for rapidly diagnosing sickle cell.  Led by
Yaw Ansong Jr., a PhD student in BioE/Biomedical Engineering at Cal and Tim Adamson, a PhD student in CS at Yale.  The pair learned through their 20 interviews over seven days that sickle cell disease sends patients to the ER often (more than
one patient per day at Yale New Haven Hospital).  They also learned from interviewing patients that they often feel misunderstood because of the
challenge of communicating pain.

What’s next? More customer discovery and National I-Corps!