(May 14, 2012) -- Automatic Classification and Predication of Prostate Cancer (ACPPC) -- a team of three business students and one engineering student that developed a process to predict, diagnosis and classify prostate cancer and wrote a business plan to market the technology -- triumphed at the $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition.
The April 28 event at the UTSA Main Campus was presented by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE). UTSA teams PCMR Medical and Enhanced CPM Technologies respectively placed second and third in the business planning competition.
ACPPC developed software to diagnose and grade the severity of prostate cancer. The software runs an algorithm on a tissue slide to determine the Gleason score, a 1-5 score given to prostate cancer based upon its microscopic appearance. The software has a 97.4 percent accuracy rate.
PCMR Medical presented a low-cost, easy-to-use blood coagulation monitor with a unique target-market focus. The monitor was developed to measure how fast blood clots and is directed at expectant mothers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Enhanced CPM Technologies presented a medical device called a continuous passive monitor, which is used after knee-replacement surgery to move the knee through its full range of motion during rehabilitation. Their product is lightweight, portable and less costly than other devices on the market.
Nine student teams competed at the competition. The other competitors presented these technologies:
UTSA established the tech competition in 2007, when it was observed that its engineering students were developing new technologies and business students were writing business plans, but neither group of students continued their efforts beyond turning in projects for a grade. With the competition in place, UTSA students now are developing marketable technologies and forming viable new companies based on those technologies. Teams in the competition are judged by local academic, business and entrepreneurial experts on their technology, business plans and presentations.
"The competition is an ideal forum for our next generation of UTSA entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas," said Cory Hallam, CITE director. "The winning teams now have the opportunity to take their inventions to the next level by either selling it or bringing it to market."
Winners received $100,000 in services and prizes including consulting, marketing and legal services, office space and other benefits.
The founding sponsor of the competition is the Texas Research Technology Foundation. New and continuing sponsors included Cox Smith Attorneys, Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio, San Antonio Technology Center, UTSA College of Business, UTSA College of Engineering and UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research.
CITE is an interdisciplinary center in the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering. The center fosters the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through education, experiences, resources and support.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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