PhD student Ariana Levitt (advisor: Caroline Schuaer) has been named a Coulter Fellow for 2016.
As a Coulter Fellow, Ariana will work directly with the Drexel Coulter Program to provide primary and secondary market analysis for submitted proposals. She will interact with the teams that submit the proposals, as well as licensing managers at the Office of Technology Commercialization. The market research will be part of a strategic business plan that each team submits as part of their proposal to the Coulter Program. She will also participate in several training sessions over the course of the Fellows program.
The Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Program is dedicated to improving human healthcare by supporting translational research in biomedical engineering and the health sciences – research directed at the transfer of promising technologies developed at Drexel into clinical practice. Started in 2006, the Coulter program now exists at 16 universities across the United States. The Coulter process for vetting, selecting and managing projects is known for its aggressive commercialization timeline (3-5 years), and Coulter funded projects average an 8x leverage of the funds granted in follow-on funding from angel and venture investors.