Startup Challenge Semifinalist: VisiPlate

Visiplate team

Team Leader:
Rui Jing Jiang, W’18
Team Members:
Adarsh Battu, W’18
Brandon Kao, ENG’18

2016-17 Y-Prize Winners

elevator pitch: VisiPlate is a nano-scale drainage implant to defend against blindness induced by open-angle glaucoma (OAG) by reducing intraocular pressure. It consists of a tube connected to a curved, ultrathin alumina nanoplate that is thinner, stronger, and more reliable than existing lines of defense.

Where did the idea for your venture come from?
Our idea came from thinking of an application for the ultrathin plates provided in the 2017 Y-Prize Competition. We personally know people who suffer from open-angle glaucoma, and thought that this nanotechnology can effectively be used as an implant in the eye, where small variations in size can lead to large consequences.

How will your venture change the world?
VisiPlate will provide a life-changing product for patients with OAG, as it will prevent irreversible blindness in a long-term, cost-effective way. With glaucoma prevalence worldwide expected to reach nearly 80 million people within the next 3 years, we hope that VisiPlate will make a difference by protecting people’s vision all over the world.

Fun Facts:

  • Adarsh likes to make shirts
  • Rui Jing has The Halal Guys following her on Instagram
  • Brandon knows how to unicycle

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