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Nathan Brajer (right), a 2014 graduate in biomedical engineering, and Evan Madill (left), a 2014 graduate in biology, won $10,000 in the Suren G. Dutia and Jas K. Grewal Global Impact Awards Oct. 6, sponsored by the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
Their company, called ViFlex, offers simple, low-cost eyeglass kits to people in developing countries. In the spring, the team, then called Envisioning Solutions, tied for first place in the 2014 Discovery Competition at the School of Engineering & Applied Science.
Another Discovery Competition finalist, ZnDermal, was a finalist for the Global Impact Award and received $2,000.
The winner of the Global Impact Award was Nanopore Diagnostics, which is developing a rapid and portable bacterial diagnostic test to take the guess work out of prescribing antibiotics. The team won $40,000. Nanopore also won the 2014 Olin Cup Competition.
Read more about Brajer and Madill in Fast Company.