CBID students take first place at virtual JHU Business Plan Competition

May 5, 2021

Team Plerion Medical, made up of five CBID students, took home the $5,000 first place prize at the 22nd annual Johns Hopkins University Business Plan Competition.

48 Hopkins teams pitched their ideas to judges, many of whom are Hopkins alumni, across four entry categories and two rounds of virtual competition. In the first round, judges viewed and scored pre-recorded, three-minute video pitches. Between the morning round of competition and the announcement of finalists, judges and members of the Hopkins community attended a networking session in a virtual exhibitor space, where they chatted live with teams to learn more about their ventures.

Team Plerion pitched an intravascular reversible electroporation device used to augment chemotherapy and reduce arterial invasion in locally advanced pancreatic cancers, allowing more patients to receive potentially curative surgery. Team members were graduate students Mariana Bendavit, Mackenzie Hall, Izabella Samuel, Samuel Weinreb, and Kai Zhang.

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