New business venture by engineering and commerce students wins competition

Kaizen Biomedical, founded by UBC Engineering students Annelies Tjebbes (ECE), Neal O’Grady (MECH) and Mayank Kalra (MECH), and Sauder School of Business students Derek Li, Jennifer Vlasiu and Stephanie Wilson placed first at the Pacific Venture Capital Competition held March 24 in Vancouver. Their product, MobiChill, earned the team a $1,000 prize.

Developed through a partnership formed in APSC 486/New Venture Design, a course that connects senior engineering and business students, Kaizen’s main product, MobiChill, is a medical device used to induce therapeutic hypothermia in cardiac arrest patients—a medical treatment that reduces the risk of devastating side effects.

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