It all began when mechanical engineering Professor Allison Hubel asked herself, “How do trees survive a Minnesota winter?” In seeking to answer this question, Hubel’s lab developed a new means of preserving biological cells used for cell therapy, which can treat diseases like leukemia and melanoma. In collaboration with biomedical engineering PhD students Rui Li and Katie Hornberger, who both work in Hubel’s lab, BlueCube Bio was formed. The company now offers the first-ever nontoxic cell preservation method, resulting in higher post-preservation yields, stronger cell function, and ultimately better long-term results and outcomes. In this webinar, Hubel will share her team's experience launching a startup founded on seven years of laboratory research, and how she has used her engineering background to take on the world of business.
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