As a winner of a competition to identify revolutionary platform technologies for the life sciences, Lydia Sohn recently received a cash prize and joined a high-profile White House meeting with other winners, representatives from the foundations sponsoring the competition, representatives from federal agencies that fund research in the life sciences, and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) staff.
Sohn, a mechanical engineering faculty member and QB3 faculty affiliate, was selected for her research on node-pore sensing, which makes it possible to screen for multiple surface markers on single cells, thereby identifying their phenotypic profile.
The competition, titled “Identifying Revolutionary Platform Technologies for Advancing Life Sciences Research,” was run by Burroughs Welcome Fund, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The John Templeton Foundation, The Kavli Foundation, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and W. M. Keck Foundation.
The goal was to identify exceptional ideas for revolutionary platform technologies (from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) that could lead to breakthrough advances in the broadly defined life sciences. Contest sponsors defined platform technologies as tools, techniques, and instruments that enable entirely novel approaches for scientific investigation across a broad range of disciplines.