Nanoly Bioscience wins The Tech Awards

When I was in high school, I learned about The Tech Awards, which recognizes 5 companies each year that have built technology that benefits society. The award is sponsored and hosted by Microsoft, Nokia, Intel, Applied Materials, and The Swanson Foundation (Robert Swanson, founder of Genentech). Winners have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, and Ted Turner. I thought, maybe one day I’ll build something impactful enough to be recognized by The Tech Awards. 8 years later, it happened. When I got to the 1,200 gala that would announce the winners, I was already thrilled to be one of the nominees. There were five categories and we were in the running for the Young Innovator Award. We met our judges, which included scientists from Genentech, and talked to the sponsors of our award, the inspiring and beautiful Erica Swanson and Judy Swanson of The Swanson Foundation. When it was announced that we were a winner, it was the cherry on top.

In college, I co-founded Nanoly Bioscience with Balaji Sridhar, Mark Tibbitt, and Peter Matheu. We developed polymers that enable vaccines to survive without refrigeration. Rural places with no electricity or infrastructure do not receive vaccines and these are the regions that are most vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases.  Our goal is to get vaccines to anywhere in the world.

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With the sponsors of our award, Erica Swanson and Judy Swanson from The Swanson Foundation.

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With my awesome co-founder, Balaji Sridhar. I’m not short-he’s just really really tall!

The reception area before the gala and awards show began.

The reception area before the gala and awards show began.

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The gala was attended by 1,200 people including the biggest names in Silicon Valley.

A live choir performed between awards!

A live choir performed between awards!

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With Mr. Ted Turner, founder of CNN and TBS, and the person who donated $1 billion to the United Nations. He is a recipient of The Tech Award’s Global Humanitarian Award. He said, “Don’t stop until you’ve made a $1 billion.” I’m working on it, Mr. Turner!

The gala begins!

The gala begins!

The anticipation builds as the winners are about to be announced!

The anticipation builds as the winners are about to be announced!

What can I say? I was pretty excited.

What can I say? I was pretty excited.

Nanxi speaking

I think this is the first time that I’ve given an acceptance speech. Definitely nerve-wracking!

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The trophies were heavy! The entire base is made from silicon (appropriate!).

 

Kairos 50 Award and Dance Party on the NYSE

It’s an honor to have Nanoly Bioscience be named in Kairo’s Top 50 companies started in college.

As part of the Kairos 50, we all got to present our companies on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange! Attendees included the Prince of Jordan, the CEO of AutoDesk, founder of Vonage, CEO of Forbes, and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. I feel so lucky to be able to connect with these people!

My friend Julia from Spain and I have dinner at our hotel

My friend Julia from Spain and I have dinner at our hotel

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My friends from UC Berkeley and I take a photo together on Day 1

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Officially part of the first rave on the NYSE. Live performance by European DJ, Madeon

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Ringing the NYSE opening bell

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With a fellow attendee, who dressed glamorously in orange, having a drink on the NYSE.

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Presenting my company on the NYSE floor

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The personalized trophy they gave to the Kairos 50 companies

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Named in “130 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch”

Woke up this morning with an email saying “Congratulations” from a friend. I had no idea what he was talking about so it was a nice surprise to learn about this list Under30CEO.com put out! This was really exciting! I don’t know if I really deserve this yet, but I’ll take it :)

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Front Row at the MTV Video Music Awards

Enjoying live performances from Taylor Swift, Pink, Green Day, Alicia Keys, and many more, the MTV VMAs this year was such a well-produced and entertaining event! I attended the event along with 2 other members of the Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation’s Youth Advisory Board. The Foundation’s is “committed to connecting young people in SAFE ways and empowering them with SKILLS and OPPORTUNITIES that will inspire them to create a kinder and braver world.”

Front row!

Sitting next to one of my FAVORITE comedians and actors, Russell Peters

Outside the Staple Center where the event is held

Completely packed!

The US Women’s Gymnastics Team that won gold at the Olympics!

Taylor Swift closing the show with her new single, “We are never ever getting back together”

Dell Social Innovation Challenge: The Awards Presentation

Nanoly won 3rd place overall out of 1,800 teams and we won the Audience Choice Award! Thank you Dell, The University of Texas, and Silverback Enterprise Group for hosting this incredible global event!

The Award Show Venue in Austin, Texas! It’s gorgeous!

Me pitching Nanoly!

3rd place overall!

We won the Audience Choice Award, where people in the audience and online voted for their favorite project. Thanks everyone!

Standing next to the Nanoly billboard at the award show. This was such a cool poster! Wish I could take it home with me. Maybe I can convince Dell to send it to us…

Our team!