This year’s featured TI:GER Team is Viapore - Developing surface-porous, medical imaging-compatible materials that improve the osseointegration of polymeric implants. We Refuse to Re-Fuse.
TI:GER teaches students that the main hurdles to commercializing research are seldom technology-related. More often they involve legal issues and problems interfacing with the public and market.
TI:GER takes an interdisciplinary approach to surmounting those obstacles, assembling students who win acceptance into the highly competitive program into five member teams. These teams include two MBAs and two law students who focus on the commercialization of a PhD student’s research over a two-year period.
Nathan Evans, PhD candidate, Material Science and Engineering, Georgia Tech
Nathan is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. His thesis work is related to the mechanical properties of advanced biomaterials for use in orthopaedic applications. As a TI:GER fellow, he is interested in assisting in the translation of novel technologies from the lab to the clinic. Nathan has practical experience commercializing new technologies from his time at MedShape Solutions where he worked as part of a team to clear a new materials and devices through the FDA approval process. Nathan earned his undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Brennan Torstrick, PhD candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech
Brennan received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and is currently working towards a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. His research focuses on understanding the current challenges facing certain orthopaedic devices and developing strategies to improve their clinical outcomes. By participating in the TI:GER program at Georgia Tech he is learning key entrepreneurial concepts that are needed to bring an idea out of the lab and into the clinic to improve patients' quality of life.
Anne Hewitt, MBA candidate, Georgia Tech
Anne Hewitt is currently an MBA student at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. At Tech, Anne is also a a part of TI:GER, Georgia Tech’s interdisciplinary technology commercialization program. Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Anne came to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech as an undergraduate in Computer Science. She graduated in 2008 and started her career as a part of the Technology Analyst Program at Merrill Lynch where she supported the Wealth Management technology. Currently, she manages technology infrastructure at Bank of America.
Mathew Kroge, MBA candidate, Georgia Tech
Matthew is a 2015 MBA candidate with a focus is Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. He was also awarded a fellowship to the highly competitive TI:GER program. Prior, Matthew earned his BSE in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BA in Physics from Albion College. Matthew has worked as a field engineer and then a project manager in the road construction industry and has published in the Transportation Research Board. Matthew is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia and South Carolina and also has his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. He is currently a Territory Manager for a heavy industrial loading dock equipment distributor in Georgia .
Brad Schweizer, JD candidate, Emory School of Law
Brad Schweizer is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Indiana University Kelley School of Business with a degree in Finance and Accounting in 2011. Brad then went to Emory University where he is pursuing a JD/MBA degree. He is also a participant in Georgia Tech’s TI:GER program. After graduating in May 2015, he will practice corporate law at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.
Sabrina Wilson, JD candidate, Emory School of Law
Sabrina Wilson is a J.D. candidate, class of 2015, at Emory University School of Law. She attends Emory as a Robert W. Woodruff fellow and is currently a Notes and Comments Editor for the Emory Law Journal. Prior to law school, Wilson served as a naval officer at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. She has an undergraduate degree in physics.