UofL student teams innovate new healthcare technology in whirlwind weekend

University of Louisville student teams built startup companies to improve healthcare, from making nurse workflow more efficient to thinking of new therapies for tumors – all in the course of a whirlwind virtual weekend.

It’s part of a new student-led UofL virtual event called CardStart that asks teams to create innovative solutions to health care problems and build startups around them in just 48 hours.

The judges selected three winning teams, each of which will receive support to help them refine their ideas ahead of a finals competition, which will be presented to a panel of industry experts and health care leaders in the spring.  MAC-BIO’s (Team:  Jordan Noe, M.D., Ph.D. student) new cell-based therapy for the treatment of aggressive solid tumors was one of the three teams selected for this honor. 

Students worked on their ideas in between a jam-packed schedule of keynote presentations, coaching and workshops led by real-life founders and other experts.

“The students at UofL are full of creativity, energy and drive,” said Tammy York Day, chief executive officer of sponsor the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council. “They’re the next generation of our health care workforce — the innovators and doers. LHCC is proud to support CardStart and give those students an opportunity to tackle some real industry problems.”

Samantha Morrissey, a medical student and member of the CardStart student organizing committee, said the event is meant to encourage students to think outside the box and gain hands-on experience innovating. 

“This is a great and unique event at UofL that affords students the opportunity and possible financial support to explore entrepreneurship,” she said. “We want students to get creative and transform their ideas into real world technologies that could ultimately be developed into their very own startup.”

The full article by Baylee Putnam is available here.