Pre-Entrepreneurship: A Student's Perspective in Preparing to Build a Technology Startup

Winter Quarter 2013 Entrepreneurship Seminar Series

Featuring Arlene Doria

UCI BioMiNT lab, formerly with Biosite (Alere); finalist, UCI Business Plan Competition

Arlene Doria has a bachelor of science in both chemical engineering and biological sciences. She is currently in her final year as a biomedical engineering PhD student at UCI.  Her research focuses on biological applications of microfluidics. She also has more than five years experience as a process analyst in medical device manufacturing for Biosite (now Alere Inc.).  Arlene is developing a biotech startup based on a patent pending technology which uses acoustics to perform assays in microfluidic chips.  The technology enables powerful tools in sample preparation, reagent delivery, analyte detection, and other biological assays. The level of microfluidic control is aimed at improving precision and accuracy in various assays and enabling new assays.   With roots in web development, cloud computing, and statistics, Arlene envisions a company that leverages information technology to manage and analyze quality data from its portable diagnostics and research & clinical tools.

The Entrepreneurship Seminar Series provides a real-world introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship.  Through a series of presentations by prestigious entrepreneurs and industry leaders, participants will explore the various organizational, strategic and financial challenges facing successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs.  Topics include start-up strategies, business idea evaluation, business plan writing, and introduction to venture capital.

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