Push Button, Cure Cancer

March 9, 2017

Nabiha Saklayen and Marinna Madrid [Photo by Adam Zewe/SEAS Communications]

Two Harvard graduate students want to make curing blood cancer or HIV as easy as pressing a button.

Ph.D. candidates Nabiha Saklayen and Marinna Madrid have launched a startup to develop a simple, push-button device clinicians could use for gene therapy treatments. Their enterprise, Cellino, hopes to commercialize technology being developed in the lab of Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The early-stage laboratory spinoff, which the pair launched in November, claimed first prize in the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Startup Challenge, a pitch-off contest between more than 40 startups from around the world. In addition to winning $10,000 cash and $5,000 in optics products, Saklayen and Madrid were lauded for the impressive business potential of their startup...

Continue reading "Push Button, Cure Cancer" by Adam Zewe, March 7, 2017. http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2017/03/push-button-cure-cancer