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Featured Innovators

Northwestern faculty are innovators determined to solve pressing problems. They are inventors and entrepreneurs making an impact in tackling such diverse challenges as organ and tissue regeneration, management of blockchain transactions, and the battle against COVID-19. Read their stories below.
Alok Choudhary

Alok Choudhary, PhD 
Recently acquired by Mediaocean, 4C Insights created a platform that fuels omnichannel optimization of advertising and marketing campaigns.

Joseph Leventhal, MD, PhD

Joseph Leventhal, MD
TRACT Therapeutics is testing a T-cell-based therapy to ease Crohn's disease and raise the chances of success for organ transplantation.

Omar Farha, PhD

Omar Farha, PhD
NuMat Technologies is perfecting a programmable sponge that enables the separation and storage of gases.

 

Aleksandar Kuzmanovic, PhD

Aleksandar Kuzmanovic, PhD
bloXroute enables the blockchain industry to scale by increasing the speed of transactions without sacrificing security or decentralization.
 

Julius Lucks, PhD

Julius Lucks, PhD
Stemloop has developed a field test for water quality and more recently a test to check for COVID-19 contamination on surfaces and in water.

Guillermo Ameer

Guillermo Ameer, DSc
VesselTek Biomedical has developed synthetic resorbable biomaterials that stabilize soft-tissue grafts while promoting the body's normal healing process. 

I Caroline LePoole, PhD

I Caroline LePoole, PhD
Temprian Therapeutics has developed a biologic therapeutic aimed at reversing the progression of the autoimmune disease vitiligo.

Michael Jewett, PhD

Michael Jewett, PhD
SwiftScale Biologics leverages cell-free biomanufacturing to scale and develop new therapies by significantly reducing the time-to-market.

Sarki Abdulkadir, MD, PhD

Sarki Abdulkadir, MD, PhD
The Center for Urologic Oncology is identifying compounds likely to successfully target the elusive MYC protein implicated in more than half of all cancers.

Jiaxing Huang, PhD

Jiaxing Huang, PhD
Jiaxing Huang's innovative team has made discoveries ranging from graphene hair dyes, to a self-sanitizing COVID-19 mask insert, to a viral-neutralizing coating for stainless steel surfaces.