ABOVE: Erica Barnell, center, with her Geneoscopy co-founders Andrew Barnell (left) and Yiming Kang (right).


Erica Barnell, an MD/PhD candidate at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Healthcare category.

Each year, Forbes magazine evaluates nominees (this year, more than 15,000) and selects the top thirty entrepreneurs under thirty years old in 20 different categories. Barnell was selected in the Healthcare category.

Barnell is cofounder and Chief Science Officer of Geneoscopy. The clinical-stage diagnostic company is developing next-generation diagnostics to better prevent, detect, and guide treatment for colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal diseases. She cofounded the company in 2015 with her brother Andrew Barnell and Yiming Kang, a PhD Candidate in Computer Science in the McKelvey School of Engineering at WashU.

This is not the first time Barnell has been recognized for her accomplishments. In 2015, Barnell represented WashU in the Pipeline University student pitch competition. In 2016, Geneoscopy was an Arch Grant recipient and also took home the top prize of $50,000 in the Accelerate St. Louis awards. In the same year, Barnell made the St. Louis Business Journal list of 30 Under 30. And in 2017, Genescopy won a Skandalaris Center Global Impact Award.

According to Forbes, Geneoscopy has over $8 million in venture-backed funding to-date.

Listen to Barnell discuss entrepreneurship in the St. Louis region with Fox 2 St. Louis (starting at 1:48):

Read more about Barnell and fellow honoree Derek Platt at the School of Medicine.

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