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Y-Prize Competition Grand Finale

January 25, 2016

Monday, January 25 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Smilow Center for Translational Research

Y-Prize CompetitionThis event is the culmination of the 4th iteration of the Y-Prize competition in which student teams propose innovative commercial applications for technology invented by Penn researchers. The focal technology this year was biomedical engineering developed by professors David Issadore, Jim Gee, Paul Yushkevich, Brian Avants, Brian Litt and Zack Ives.

Four finalist teams will battle for $10,000 and licensing rights to the technology. The teams will go head-to-head at the Finale with 10-minute presentations to a judging panel of leading industry figures and venture capitalists.

The Y-Prize 2015-2016 Finalists are:

  1. Amsterdam Fluidics: A novel, cost-efficient solution for quick and easy onsite drug encapsulation and delivery. Lowers manufacturing costs and avoids refrigeration needs.
  2. Fermento: Our company, Fermento, uses Penn’s proprietary droplet maker technology to enhance the reaction rate of fermentation in alcohol production process.
  3. NanoSwift: Using Penn’s microfluidic technology, we’re producing droplets to add to liquid CO2 that improves oil extraction by 5-20%.
  4. VivaVaccines: VivaVaccines uses microfluidics to make intradermal and mucosal vaccines, allowing for better immunity at drastically reduced costs.

Read more about the finalist teams here.

Please RSVP by Friday, January 22nd:



  • Date: Monday, January 25
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST