MBA students, Neil Keating, Kelly Mackey, and Ashok Manthena paired with Neel Chandrasekaran and Teng Chang, PhD Candidates in Polymer Engineering, competed at the 2010 LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Awards event.
Together the team formed, Kidnyx LLC, with a vision of improving the quality of life for patients undergoing kidney dialysis. Through the integration of polymer engineering and medical research, the team hopes to bring to market innovations that positively impact patient treatment, while reducing costs and improving overall health. The first-generation Kidnyx technology is a patent-pending, therapeutic hemodialysis membrane that allows for a more natural, less-invasive blood filtration process.
The LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Awards is a competition, seeking students with some of the most innovative new business, product, or service ideas. The competition is open to college and university students from any discipline. Since its inception, winners have walked away with more than $100,000 in cash and service prizes.
This year’s event was held on April 19, 2010 at The University of Akron’s Martin Center, and was made possible with the support of local business leaders and investors, including: the Akron ARCHAngels, the NorthCoast Angel Fund, the Ohio Venture Association, the Akron Global Business Accelerator, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and JumpStart.