Two Washington University faculty members were selected to be the inaugural faculty fellows in entrepreneurship.
Vijay Ramani is the Danforth Campus faculty fellow and Jennifer Silva, MD, is the Medical Campus faculty fellow. Ramani is the Roma B. and Raymond H. Witcoff Distinguished University Professor of Environment and Energy in the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Silva is an associate professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine.
To support Washington University’s mission of promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, Ramai and Silva will be a resource for faculty who are interested in forming startup companies. The fellows will help to educate faculty about the university’s startup-related policies and requirements, and will provide advice to the aspiring entrepreneurs.
Ramani’s research includes creating a new membrane that can be used in batteries for grid-scale electric energy storage. He received a $2 million grant from the U.S Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, as well as an award from the university’s 2017 Leadership in Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program (LEAP Inventor Challenge). LEAP provides training and funding to help Washington University’s intellectual property from research become commercialized.
Silva is a pediatric cardiologist at the School of Medicine and treats patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Silva also co-founded SentiAR Inc., a startup aimed at commercializing an augmented-reality platform to improve cardiac procedures. Like Ramai, Silva and her team are previous LEAP winners.