Vote Leila Daneshmandi
COO and Co-founder
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Company/organization description (<500 characters)
At Encapsulate LLC, we have developed an automated tumor-on-a-chip system that can grow patient-derived cancer cells ex vivo, and screen them against chemotherapeutic drugs. With this technology the oncologist can choose the most effective chemotherapy drug prior to treatment on an individualized basis. This will I) reduce the number of unnecessary chemotherapy cycles a patient undergoes, II) lower the costs and duration of treatment, III) increase the success rates of treatment, and IV) improve the patient’s overall quality of life. Our mission is to offer personalized cancer therapy screening in the most accurate, expedited, and cost-effective manner.
Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished in 2019 (<500 characters) e.g., patents received, growth rate, and successful MVP, trial, or exit, etc…
2019 was an amazing year for Encapsulate. We won the most prestigues award of NASA for research startups, "research in space". With this award, for $700,000, awarded by NASA and International Space Station, our technology will be implemented in the space station for cancer research. We started our first clinical trial with UConn Health and have expanded it to Hartford Healthcare in December. Moreover, we have been awarded multiple grants, such as CTNext Thirdbridge, CT Biopipeline, and UConn START Grant. I also have patented five of my innovations in 2019.
What type of entrepreneur are you? Scaling Company: regional, national, or global business focus and greater than $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019; Scalable Venture: regional, national, or global business focus and less than $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019; Main Street: local business focus;Social Good: social enterprise or nonprofit focus
Student entrepreneur: Are you a student and younger than 25 as of December 31, 2019? YES or NO
Student / Over 25 years old.
What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources (spaces, programs, events, schools, etc.) have helped you succeed? (<500 characters)
Encapsulate is based in UConn Technology Incubation Program (UCONN TIP). We have also participated in two accelerator programs in New England: MassChallenge Boston and Digital Health Connecticut (DHCT). We also have been mentored by a private accelerator program in Tolland, CT, led by Nerac Inc., XCellR8.
What people are saying about Leila Daneshmandi ...
Ms. Leila Daneshmandi is a biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate at UConn. She is one of the most talented entrepreneur women and the COO and co-founder of Encapsulate LLC, a pre-revenue startup in the field of medical devices.As a graduate student, her achievements were astonishing. She has published 10 peer-reviewed articles, and only in 2019, got three patents out of her activities, which two of them are international patents.Under her leadership, Encapsulate was one of the most successful biotech startups in New England in 2019. They have awarded by multiple state and national funding sources (such as TBG, CT Biopipeline, CTNext EIA, etc.). They were selected as one of the only 3 companies from CT for the most prestigious accelerators in the region, MassChallenge. They have been awarded one of the most prestigious research awards worldwide, NASA/International Space Station “Technology in Space Prize” for $700K. Currently, they are collaborating with NASA/ISS national lab to implement their biochips in the space station. They have also started their partnership with Hartford Healthcare and UCHC for the clinical studies of their technology. Armin Rad