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September 22, 2009

James Dou, a 30-year-old University of Toronto PhD student in electrical and computer engineering, beat out more than 200 entrants to receive up to $50,000 in engineering services from Nytric, intellectual-property services valued at $10,000 from Toronto law firm Bereskin & Parr LLP, and business and financial advisory services valued at $10,000 from NBP, a Nytric subsidiary. “The [lab on a chip] is a very exciting technology,” says Anthony Gussin, Nytric’s director of business development and one of the judges in the competition. “The range of applications and the potential influence it could have on humankind is what put this ahead of the other products.”

Dou started the project in 2003 as a master’s student at U of T. He has since signed on two partners: Stewart Aitchison, the vice-dean of research for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the university, and Rakesh Nayyar, a flow-cytometry specialist in Toronto. 

Read the full story online at Canadian Business.

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