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University of Maryland School of Medicine Hosts 'Shark Tank' Competition for Aspiring Medical Entrepreneurs

Competitors Pitch Experts on Stem Cell Banking, Better Cancer Monitoring, and Other Ideas

To encourage entrepreneurial leadership among its medical students, the University of Maryland School of Medicine hosted a contest to give aspiring student entrepreneurs a chance to share product ideas, with winners receiving cash prizes and expert help. The four finalists competed before a panel of judges, including doctors, researchers and investors, using a format similar to the popular television program “Shark Tank.”

The event, called the Lightbulb Competition, took place February 27 at the University of Maryland Biopark. Students, business leaders and faculty from the School of Medicine were all in the audience. The keynote speaker was Alfred Berkeley, the former president of NASDAQ and Chairman of Princeton Capital Management.

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