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Mark Frazer Mentors PDN Venture Competition Team

LabQuick Team Wins 1st and 3rd Prizes - March 20 2015

The PDVNC – a partnership between UTEP's Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce and El Paso's Hub of Human Innovation – is a key component for the economic vitality of El Paso and the Paso del Norte tri-state region. Mark was delighted to be asked mentor the LabQuick Team, a versatile, hybrid microfluidic platform for rapid and sensitive global infectious disease diagnostics. Mark is very strongly involved with UTEP as the current Entrepreneur in Residence at the Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce, an Affiliate Professor at the UTEP School of Business Administration, and was previously - in 2014/2015 - the Innovator in Residence also at the Mike Loya Center.


As the premier El Paso event for innovation and entrepreneurship, PDNVC supports teams of business, engineering and science students from universities throughout the region along with established start-up companies looking for investment on a separate professional track. UTEP's Dean of the College of Engineering, Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D. said "We are planting the seeds for the Paso del Norte economy of tomorrow." Seven teams were recognized during the finals, including four from UTEP: Productivity Pod, which is a device designed for cognitively strained professionals to take a Power Nap, CaTera, with their biotechnology company focusing on novel therapeutic treatments for late-stage cancer; LabQuick, a versatile, hybrid microfluidic platform for rapid and sensitive global infectious disease diagnostics; Water Distillation Technologies, a solar energy-based system to produce clean water; and Albatross, a lightweight and portable chemical sensor used to detect ordnance.

As well as the LabQuick Team winning 3rd place overall in the compatition, Ms. Granillo of the LabQuick team also won 1st Place in the Elevatnor Speech Competition.

Mark Frazer's LabQuick Team Wins 3rd Place Overall in the Competition