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OSU Undergraduate Team Wins Love's Entrepreneur's Cup
Oklahoma State University student startup team VisionaRx made OSU history by winning the grand prize earlier this month from the Love’s Cup Undergraduate High Growth Division in Oklahoma City.
OSU student team VisionRX won the undergraduate division of the Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup Competition (formally called the Governor’s Cup). The team consists of Rachael Davis (Chemical Engineering), Chance Imhoff (Entrepreneurship, Jacquelyn Lane (Chemical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship), and faculty advisor David Thomison. The team plans to commercialize a nanoparticle drug delivery platform technology, developed and owned by OSU, for the treatment of retinal eye diseases. The non-invasive delivery process will utilize existing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) therapeutics by placing the nanoparticles on the back of contact lenses to be worn. The technology will be less painful and less expensive than current technologies.
The team was awarded a $20,000 cash prize for taking first place in the competition and qualify to continue on to the Tri-State Competition, which hosts teams from Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma and will take place May 30-31 in Las Vegas. Lane also won the IBM Pitch Award and was awarded $1,000. This is the first time that an OSU student team has won the undergraduate division of the competition.
This is the first time in the history of our program that we’ve won the undergraduate division. The team will now advance to the Tri-State Competition in Las Vegas at the end of May. Congratulations to the VisionRX team and David Thomison for a job very, very well done!