UB engineering students placed third in the NASA-sponsored Mars
rover contest thanks to their design and problem-solving
skills. A last-minute motor repair ensured that their rover
"rocked" to the top tier and also earned them a
humorous best "pit stop" award.
A revolutionary idea for delivering cancer drugs earned three
graduate students first place in the Henry A. Panasci Jr.
Technology Entrepreneurship Competition. Coming from biomedical
engineering, medicine, business and law, they developed "smart"
nanoballoons for carrying treatments to solid tumors.
The National Cancer Institute awarded For-Robin, a UB spinoff
company, $2 million to continue developing a potential treatment
for breast and other types of cancer. Area leaders say the benefits
extend beyond the medical to the importance of these young
companies in growing WNY's life sciences economy.