The UMass News Office reports that Ernest Pharmaceuticals, a startup venture co-founded by Professor Neil St. John Forbes of the Chemical Engineering Department and based in UMass Amherst’s Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS), is one of four companies each to win $2,500 from the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) in a business pitch poster competition in Boston. Forbes founded the company with current Ernest Pharmaceuticals CEO and bioengineer Nele Van Dessel. The MTTC award recognizes the groundbreaking young biotech firm for its research on programmed bacteria that deliver anticancer treatment to tumors.
Associate Professor Jessica Schiffman, the Professor James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department, is the principal investigator on a three-year, $340,541 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF grant will support her research team’s investigation into new membrane technology that was inspired by the Nepenthes Pitcher Plant.
An article posted by the Naval Sea Systems Command reports how Chemical Engineering major Zachary Young says that his experience participating in the Undersea Technology Apprentice Program Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Robotics Competition, sponsored by the United States Navy, gave him hands-on experience to help define his professional goals once he graduates from UMass in 2020. Young is currently an intern working for the Navy’s Division Newport’s Chief Technology Officer.