Grounds on the Go Recap: Bench to Bedside

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Grounds on the Go, a seminar series that aims to introduce the best University of Virginia thinkers and innovators to the community, wrapped up its fall semester with a discussion on the importance of commercializing biomedical technology November 18 at the UVA Research Park.

Sponsored by the UVA Research Park and U.Va Applied Research Institute, David Chen gave an overview of the partnership between the University of Virginia’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Coulter Translational Research Partnership and how they are working together to accelerate research and commercialization of life-saving technologies, and transform medical innovators into successful entrepreneurs. UVa professor Kimberly Kelly spoke on her experiences as scientist and entrepreneur, and explained how her Coulter funded company, iTi Health, is working to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as pancreatic cancer.

Grounds on the Go began in the spring of 2015 with a timely discussion on net neutrality with professors of media studies Siva Vaidhyanathan and Christoper Ali. In May, professor George Bloom discussed the challenges facing Alzheimer’s disease research and the quest for a cure, and in September, chemistry professor T. Brent Gunnoe discussed the collaboration between researchers from U.Va and several Max Planck Institutes to develop processes for the clean and efficient production of energy. Grounds on the Go is free and open to the public, and all lectures are filmed and can be viewed on the UVA Research Park’s YouTube channel. For more information or to RSVP, visit

SAVE THE DATE: Our next seminar is February 17th with politics professor David Leblang!

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