MIT Student, Startup Founder, Wins Prize
The new winner of the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize is Geoffrey von Maltzahn, an MIT graduate student of biomedical engineering. He has developed, among other inventions, particles made of gold nano-rods coated with polymers that are designed to gather inside tumors cells, according to a press release. Under near infrared light, the nano-rods heat up to kill cancer cells. The student has co-founded two startups to commercialize his discoveries: Resonance Therapeutics, which aims to apply his technology for treating cancer; and Nanopartz, a firm focused on the use of gold nanoparticles for industrial applications such as biomedicine and energy.