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Integra Foundation Fellows

James

James McDevitt

BS/MS in Biomedical Engineering, Neuroengineering Concentration
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Why did you choose Drexel?

I chose Drexel after pursuing an associate’s in pre-engineering because of the distinct co-op program they offered. This program allowed to gain tremendous amounts of experience in a diverse number of fields, all while allowing me to pay for my education in an efficient manner. The Biomedical Engineering tract that Drexel offers is extremely prestigious, and I am lucky to have joined the department.

What attracted you to apply to the Coulter Fellow Program?

The Coulter Program was attractive to me because it was the only facet of biomedical technology that I had not explored – bringing a novel product to the market. I had previously worked in the clinical field with patients, worked on developing products for a well known corporation, and had even conducted research in novel labs, but I never had the chance to see a novel product hit the market. This is why I was very interested in becoming a Coulter Fellow.

Project:

Get Safe At Home

What did you like about it / what have you learned?

As a Coulter Fellow, I experienced firsthand what it takes to get a product to the market and commercialize. Performing market analyses and identifying potential paths of commercialization has showed me the difficulties that can occur in reaching the market and what to look out for.

Working with interdisciplinary teams on a product was an engaging and rewarding experience. This allowed me to learn not only from the core engineers themselves, but also from the end users. I also gained a great deal of insight into the market perspective of the product. Every task I performed provided me with further knowledge and skills in the commercialization process.

I have already applied my knowledge obtained from Coulter into my current position as a RADx Assistant Project Facilitator, and the experience has helped me excel in my role.

Are there topics or areas that are of interest to you moving forward — either in the classroom or industry:

I would like to leverage my skills I obtained as a Coulter Fellow and use them to continue in the startup industry sector. I think this is a rather fascinating area due to the vast knowledge obtained on a day to day basis, I thoroughly enjoy learning about new technologies and ideas, and seeing them evolve into commercial products.

Current Employment:

Assistant Project Facilitator, RADx - NIH

Past Co-ops and Experience:

Assistant Lab Technician, Moss Rehab Hospital

New Product Development - Engineer I, Terumo Medical Corporation

Researcher – Biomagnetics Lab, Drexel University

Fun fact:

I enjoy creating functional tools to use at home with my own 3D-printer.


Reddy

Reddy Pathakota

MD/MBA Student, Lebow School of Business & Drexel University College of Medicine
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Why did you choose Drexel?

Drexel is a highly connected and accredited institution offering access to an immense library of resources and expertise. The culture of the school is highly entrepreneurial and encourages creativity. These factors make this institution a perfect place to pursue education.

What attracted you to apply to the Coulter Fellow Program?

I found out about the Coulter Fund as a second year medical student when I applied for funding on behalf of an organization. The insightful guidance and resources offered by Coulter then attracted me to apply for the fellowship program during my MBA year 2 years later.

Projects:

Use of non-thermal DBD plasma on primary and recurrent HSV-1/HSV-2 lesions

What did you like about it / what have you learned?

As a Coulter Fellow, I was able to take part in and understand the numerous decisions involved in private equity funding. I took part in several business development workshops where business leaders discussed intellectual property protection methods, valuation methods and building capitalization tables. I spoke to physicians from several specialties across the region and participated in discussions with leaders in the fields of immunology and dermatology to find out patient pain points and consider additional indications for the product. Through this fellowship I was especially able to enhance my understanding of market research. Under the guidance of the director and access to exclusive resources, such as GlobalData, I was then able to narrow the total addressable market to the serviceable obtainable market to assist in determining end valuation of the product.

Are there topics or areas that are of interest to you moving forward — either in the classroom or industry:

Moving forward, as I return to the field of medicine, I hope to carry the lessons and skills learned through Coulter and assess health care through an additional filter. I will attempt to find supplementary innovative applications for tools such as AI/ML to enhance information from data already collected and predict adverse outcomes.

Fun fact:

Recently started Yoga!