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Featured Innovators

Northwestern faculty are innovators determined to solve pressing problems. They are inventors and entrepreneurs making an impact in diverse fields such as wearables, ALS and depression. Read their stories below.
Vadim Backman, PhD

Vadim Backman, PhD
Preora Diagnostics uses optical technology called partial wave spectroscopic microscopy to examine cells at the nanoscale, which can help detect cancers.

Will Dichtel, PhD

Will Dichtel, PhD
CycloPure is working to remove micropollutants from the water using polymers that act like a magnet to attract and absorb pesticides and pharmaceuticals.

Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD

Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD
Discoveries by Lysosomal Therapeutics have lead to breakthrough treatments for patients with severe neurological diseases.

Harold Kung, PhD

Harold Kung, PhD
SiNode Systems is developing an anode for lithium-ion batteries made of silicon, allowing for longer-lasting and faster-charging batteries. 

Elizabeth McNally, MD

Elizabeth McNally, MD
The Director of the Center for Genetic Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has mapped genetic modifiers for muscular dystrophy and discovered possible treatments.

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Stephen Milller, PhD
Cour Pharmaceuticals is developing  biodegradable nanoparticle technology as a treatment for lung and food allergies as well as autoimmune diseases. 

Chad Mirkin, PhD

Chad Mirkin, PhD
Using findings from the Human Genome Project, Exicure custom-designs therapeutics that target and turn off specific disease-causing genes.

John Rogers, PhD

John Rogers, PhD
John Rogers and his research team have developed bio-electronic devices that measure the wearer’s sweat to show how his or her body is responding to exercise.

Sir Fraser Stoddart

Sir Fraser Stoddart, PhD
Cycladex uses a naturally occurring compound called cyclodextrin to extract gold from crude sources; the discovery could eliminate cyanide from the gold industry.

Teresa Woodruff

Teresa Woodruff, PhD
The innovative 3-D printed bioprosthetic ovary structures have successfully been implanted in a mouse, which was then able to ovulate and give birth to healthy pups. 

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