In the last two decades, the number of deaths from colorectal cancer has steadily declined, according to the American Cancer Society. While some of the decrease can be attributed to better treatment practices, early detection is another primary factor. Nonetheless, colorectal cancer is still the second leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S., and is expected to be responsible for more than 50,000 deaths in 2012.
“Each of us has witnessed cancer in our home,” said pharmaceutical sciences graduate student Jaydev Upponi, who has helped design a new technology to “give back, to contribute science that could help in the long run.”
Upponi and his classmates, electrical and computer engineeringgraduate student Asanterabi Malima and mechanical engineering graduate student Cihan Yilmaz, recently founded a company to develop a screening chip that uses nanoparticles to detect colorectal cancer earlier than currently possible.