Six STEM graduates from U of A aim to commercialize technology ranging from better pregnancy tests for cows to more efficient batteries and faster tests for bacteria in water.
It didn’t take long for Matthew Nickel and Hillary Sweet to venture out on their own after they graduated from the University of Alberta in 2018 with PhDs in biomedical and materials engineering.
“Afterwards we worked for about six months, and then Hillary said, 'Hey, you want to start a company?'” said Nickel, co-founder of SN Biomedical. “I said ‘why not?’ so we decided to start a biotech company with a goal to make simple and affordable diagnostic tests.”
Nickel explained the biggest problems in diagnostic testing in health care are speed and cost, especially when someone is sent for blood work, which requires lab work and a few days to get the results back.
“The vision of the company is to develop technology to help people have tests done right there in the clinic,” he said. “However, you can't really just pop up a startu...