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Friday, November 12 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
PSU Biotech Boardroom Pitch Competition

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Have you ever wondered what SDGs are?  If you have heard of them before how can you incorporate them in E-ship courses? The PSU Biotech Boardroom Pitch competition will show you how undergraduate and graduate students from different majors and colleges across the University came together as teams in the microbial biotechnology course: Biotc/Micrb 416 offered by the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department in the Eberly College of Science.

Students over the course of the semester started with identifying one or more of the 17 sustainability goals of the United Nations. They then applied their hard skills in the natural and physical sciences along with soft skills to find solutions. The proposed solutions were then presented in individual elevator pitches with the intent to form teams of people with similar ideas and solutions.

The next steps were the warm-up pitches named PSU Biotech Associate and PSU Biotech Supervisor before their final pitch: PSU Biotech Boardroom. Throughout the semester, after the team formation, students were accompanied by alumni mentors and judges from industry. Access to the PSU Biotech Boardroom Pitches will be available to people that RSVP by November 11th, 2021 at 5 pm. The official judging by alumni from industry will occur on November 12th between 2:30 and 3:20 pm. The judges will have the opportunity to ask each team questions and time permitting will announce 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Entrepreneurs, E-Ship Course Instructors, STEM Educators, and anyone with an interest in SDGs, entrepreneurship, Stem education and/or just curiosity is welcome to attend!

Registration is required for this event. To attend this event, please email Suzanne Kijewski at sdk5252@psu.edu by November 11th, 2021 at 5:00 pm with your name, affiliation and preferred email.

This event is presented by Penn State Eberly College of Science


Yuan L., Yen Jui S., Jiawen X. and Xuanyi Y.

Problem: Ocean acidification seriously impacts the economy and the biosphere.Solution: Use Algae to absorb carbon dioxide and use spent algae as renewables.Link to SDGs: Life Below Water (Goal 14)

Youssef A., Richard A., Hannah B., Samer D., Alexandra J. and Elizabeth W.

Problem: Incorrect diagnosis of pernicious anemia by medical community in stage 2 of disease.Solution: Novel ELISA test for TC2 antibody to be used by the medical community to improve treatment and to manage diseaseLink to SDGs: Increase in quality of life for pernicious anemia patients... Read More →

Efrosini C., Jennifer C., Aditi D., Aishwarya M., Marena M., Stutee P. and Soha P.

Problem: Non-degradable plastic waste is a havoc to already existing environmental issues.Solution: Bio-degradable face masks made out of bioplastics produced in bacterial gut.Link to SDGs: Responsible consumption and production (Goal 12)

Lebene A-D., Savithra B., Marin B., Neeharika C. and Samantha S.

RapiDia Biotech
Problem 1: Congestion at the doctor's office leads to spread of disease.Problem 2: Some people have difficulty accessing doctor's office.Solution: A rapid antibody test that detects multiple pathogens, integrated with an app for telehealth.Link to SDGs: Good health and well-being... Read More →

Brendan H., Robert L., Aidan M., Cierra N. Asa S. and William S.

Problem: The increased plastic waste that occurred during the pandemic due to disposable masks.Solution: Collection of disposable masks from lab courses and hospitals to produce weed mats.Link to SDGs: Responsible consumption and production (Goal 12)

Friday November 12, 2021 2:30pm - 3:20pm EST

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