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!).

 

1st Place at Intel Global Challenge

Nanoly Bioscience, the biotech company I founded in college, won 1st place in Social Innovation at the Intel Global Challenge on November 5-8! Nanoly develops polymers that enable vaccines to survive without refrigeration. The week-long competition was held at UC Berkeley and the Intel Headquarters in Santa Clara. Nanoly was selected to represent the USA in this challenge. There were 28 teams competing representing countries from Russia to Mexico to Bulgaria to China.

As a student at UC Berkeley, I would see banners for the Intel Challenge around campus each year. I always dreamed of being a part of the competition and being selected to represent the US. It was such a joy and honor when I found out we were chosen earlier this year!

Thank you Intel for this incredible opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs from around the globe!

My badge + the competition booklet with descriptions of all the teams and bios of the judges.

Banner for the Intel Global Challenge at the Haas School of Business.

On stage presenting in the finals at Anderson Auditorium at UC Berkeley

We won 1st Place in Social Innovation and The Audience Choice award

Speaking at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

I had such a fun time speaking on this panel. My recommendations (not that I am qualified to give any advice) to anyone that wants to start their own company:

1. Team is everything. You can make a great company with a bad idea and a great team, but you can’t make a great company with a good idea and a bad team.

2. Make sacrifices. You need to be willing to make less money, sleep less, and have less free time.

3. You must love and be proud of what you’re building.

It was very nice to visit Berkeley again and see old friends!

Nanoly is in GOOD magazine!

GOOD is one of my favorite magazines! I can’t believe Nanoly’s featured on their site! Our team is so thrilled! Here’s the link to the full article: http://www.good.is/post/nanotech-jackets-to-keep-vaccines-from-spoiling-off-grid/

Dell Social Innovation Challenge Finalist!

Nanoly is 1 of 5 finalists selected out of over 1,500 submissions for the Dell Social Innovation Challenge. I couldn’t be more excited!

Dell’s Social Innovation Challenge aligns precisely with Nanoly’s social mission. Our team is motivated by our goal to bring vaccines to places in the world that traditionally do not receive proper immunization access. This competition is an incredible opportunity for Nanoly to demonstrate our global impact!

The finalist competition is in Austin, Texas from June 8-13. My teammate Peter and I will be traveling to Austin to present to a panel of judges. We’ll keep you updated!