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Wayne State biotech startup Advaita to participate in new Michigan I-Corps program
April 24, 2013
Advaita, biotechnology startup spun out of Wayne State University, is one of 25 companies selected to participate in the new Michigan I-Corps program starting in May. Michigan I-Corps is a statewide program designed to foster, grow and nurture a statewide innovation ecosystem. Through partnerships between the National Science Foundation, Michigan universities, Michigan SmartZones, and venture capital and entrepreneurial communities, Michigan I-Corps will create an opportunity for businesses throughout the state to turn technology into commercial opportunities. Participating universities are Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Tech, Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Northern Michigan University and Oakland University. Advaita was founded in 2005 by Sorin Draghici, a computer science professor in Wayne State University's College of Engineering. Advaita is the exclusive licensee of a patented technology developed at Wayne State and has developed a software application called "Pathway-Guide" that helps researchers and pharmaceutical companies understand the data resulting from gene expression experiments.