FST student pulls in a win at the Big Bang Business Competition

Dustin Heeney receiving award

The company that Dustin Heeney and his partner Samantha Feng created, ImmunoTag, won 2nd place in the competition. The two walked away with $5,000 in start-up funds as well as $10,000 in-kind services. Forty-two teams (120 entrants) participated in this year's Big Bang! competition. 

Samantha (Sam) is in the Pharmacology & Toxicology graduate group and her PI is Prof. Kit Lam. Dustin is in the Microbiology graduate group and Prof. Maria Marco is his PI. Sam and Dustin did a "bang" up job presenting their start-up's research mission. 

Sam describes ImmunoTag's project as follows, "We have developed a novel conjugation technology that could improve the current antibody-based targeted drug delivery platform to treat various cancer types and prevent infectious disease. Our special linker technology allows payloads to specifically attach to any commercialized available antibody. This simple-to- use linker allows us to easily conjugate drugs to commercial antibodies, thereby streamlining the synthesis process from three months to just 15 minutes." To view a short video on ImmunoTag, click here

View Dustin's spotlight story. 

View Sam's spotlight story.