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October 2020

October 2020

A President's Club Presents past presentation is available below. If you have topic or speaker ideas for future events, please send them to

Jessica WinterWith October being breast cancer awareness month, this event was relevant and inspirational. Listen to Dr. Jessica Winter, Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, discuss her journey as a researcher, cancer patient and entrepreneur. In 2011, just as Dr. Winter was starting a new project in breast cancer diagnostics, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35. Hear about her journey through treatment, how being a patient has informed her career, and her move to translational research. In direct response to her experiences, Dr. Winter transformed her research program and founded an OSU-affiliated start-up company to bring her work to the clinic. "The researchers in the Cancer Center encouraged me to think about how I could apply engineering concepts to cancer."

She also discusses her experiences as a female entrepreneur in the life sciences and the difficulties in moving research from the lab to the clinic. "One of my passions is to establish future programs that can promote entrepreneurship for women and from underrepresented groups. The most important attribute for a successful entrepreneur is resilience, because part of the process is learning from your failures and going on again."

Dr. Winter and her team would like to thank the invaluable support they have received through funding and grants. These include the Paul Bigley Family, William G. Lowrie, the Women & Philanthropy Program, the Institute for Materials Research, Pelotonia, and the hundreds of patients and their families who fight every day to find a cure.

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