Can you even imagine all the ideas and innovations brewing in Silicon Valley? If you ask Greek molecular biologist Dr. Fay Christodoulou, her dreams became a reality there. Christodoulou left academia to team up with five other scientific entrepreneurs while participating in a unique 10 week graduate studies program at Singularity University in San Francisco. The school, a Silicon Valley think tank, offers educational programs and a business incubator for minds to “address humanity’s grand challenges”. The six of them developed a simple blood test that utilizes the potential of microRNAs in the bloodstream as highly sensitive biomarkers for disease detection – and thus, the startup @MirOculus was born. The team is building a near future where disease is treated better, because it is constantly diagnosed and monitored at the molecular level. Their ultimate mission is to create widespread access to affordable early-stage cancer detection.
On entering the world of start-ups, Christodoulou said, “Go for it and don’t be afraid of failure. Bold innovation is about bringing forward the change you want to see in the world.” This mentality helped her win the 2013 SFEE Innovation Project. We look forward to following your impressive career!