Profiles in InnovationBrandeis innovators are a diverse group. They come from a wide range of disciplines, from STEM to the social sciences and the arts. They are faculty, staff, undergraduates, postdocs, and graduate students. They are united in their desire to repair the world, one innovation at a time. Here are some of their stories:
From LinkedIn to online portfolios, it seems that today’s workforce has a range of technology platforms to choose from when it comes to finding satisfying work and growing their careers. However, one segment of the workforce has been systematically left behind, at least till now: neurodivergent workers. Autistic workers in particular face unique professional challenges in settings that require so-called “soft skills,” which emphasize social interaction.
One of the great strengths of research at Brandeis is the collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that characterizes work in the University’s world-leading labs. This approach paid off considerably in the work of Dagmar Ringe, Harold and Bernice Davis Professor in Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease at Brandeis University and Greg Petsko, Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor, Emeritus, in biochemistry and chemistry at Brandeis University and currently Professor of Neurology at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Missionable, launched by Douglass Guernsey MBA ’22 and Varun Edupungati MBA ’23, creates verified action tokens that mission driven organizations can use to thank donors. Verified action tokens are gaining traction as a new way to digitally verify that an individual has taken a certain action. Providing donors and other who engage with mission driven organizations with unique verified action tokens will increase engagement and create new utility in badging systems.
From the classroom to the workplace, our way of living always involves some element of coordination and cooperation to accomplish our goals. How we work with others is an essential factor in determining the success of those collective efforts. Being able to measure and monitor these interactions, therefore, becomes important to optimizing workplace dynamics.
Aida Wong has always been interested in the connections among art, literature, and social impact. Her work as a professor of art history at Brandeis spans disciplines such as Chinese calligraphy, fashion design, and transcultural modernism
Heller graduate and SparkTank winner Alison Elliott has long had a dream of combining her dual passions for sustainability and delicious, original recipes. Starting with a blog, her brand The Farmer Foodie grew during her time in the Brandeis Innovation Virtual Incubator to a groundbreaking new plant-based cheese alternative. Launching this May, it sold out online within hours
As far as innovative inventions go, you’ll be hard pressed to find such an interesting, diverse portfolio as Dan Perlman’s. With over a 100 US and international patents (published and pending), Dan’s work spans decades of research and development.
Brandeis researchers Gregory Petsko, Dagmar Ringe and Shulin Ju have developed a protein for use in gene therapy for the inherited form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. The invention was licensed to a Brandeis startup, BRI-Alzan which was later acquired by MeiraGTX, a New York-based gene therapeutics company for potential development into a life-saving treatment.
This is the first of several articles featuring startups that came out of the 2019-2020 Spark cohort. Learn more about Embedded Helper, which aims to simplify coding for embedded devices, including robotics applications
Thanks to Brandeis Innovation’s Lean LaunchPad program, Benjy has launched a company, Articulate Biosciences, to market a biolubricant that mimics the fluids in our joints, which, when injected, restores joints’ flexibility and patients’ freedom of movement.
David Waterman, PhD '18, founder of Brandeis startup GreenLabs Recycling, is tackling one of the century's greatest challenges, keeping plastic out of landfills. "I couldn't have done it without Brandeis Innovation," he says.