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Meet Our 2020 Big Bang! Finalists

The UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition helps aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs to collaborate, develop and test business visions and plans. Meet our 16 finalist teams—and view their two-minute pitch videos.

Our 16 finalists rose to the top of the 113 teams that entered this year’s competition, the greatest number in Big Bang! history. The Big Bang! is open to the public and drew teams from across UC Davis, as well as from the Sacramento region and throughout California, the U.S. and the world.

Azuza Beverage Azuza Beverage | San Dimas, California
Technology makes a better non-alcoholic beer.

Team Lead: Christine Ruangsangthai | Undergraduate, Food Science and Technology, Cal Poly Pomona

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EdgeSense EdgeSense | Baltimore, Md.
Marker to improve postoperative breast cancer care.

Team Lead: Pascal Acree | Undergraduate, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

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HydroGene HydroGene | Baltimore, Md.
Driving gene delivery from pipette to patient.

Team Lead: Siddharth Arun | Undergraduate, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

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Ithemba Ithemba LLC | Baltimore, Md.​
Breast cancer diagnostic device for low-resource settings.

Team Lead: Sophia Triantis | Undergraduate, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

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Kairos Jin Sol Lee KAIROS​ | Sacramento, Calif.
Virtual cardiac recovery platform using strategic design and applied behavioral science to improve patient adherence to rehab.

Team Lead: Jin Sol Lee | Resident Physician, UC Davis Health, Department of Internal Medicine

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Luminate Luminate | Baltimore, Md.
Continuous endotracheal tube monitoring in neonatal intensive care units.

Team Lead: Claire State| Undergraduate, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

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Mlezi Mlezi Health | Sacramento, Calif.
An automated personalized concierge service that delivers goods and services to seniors in their homes.

Team Lead: Kwamane Liddell | Director of Business Operations, Dignity Health | JD, MHA, BSN

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NAICHA Wesley Lin NAICHA | Sacramento, Calif.
Revolutionizing the Boba industry with a shelf-stable, ready-to-drink probiotic boba milk tea.

Team Lead: Wesley Lin | Founder, NAICHA |B.A., Economics 2019, UC Davis

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Nebula Care Nebula Care | San Francisco
A telehealth platform that provides culturally competent mental health support with an inclusive and label-free approach.

Team Lead: Jae Zhong | Founder, Nebula Care | B.S., Psychology, 2018, UC Davis

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Nytch Nytch Inc. | Woodland, Calif.
Connecting online shoppers to offline businesses.

Team Lead: Grant Lea|Co-Founder, Nytch Inc.

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Pacific Fleet Charging LLC Pacific Fleet Charging LLC | Sacramento, Calif.
We help electrify your fleet. You save.

Team Lead: William Brieger | Co-Founder, Pacific Fleet Charging LLC | Alumnus, UC Davis School of Law

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Pediafeed Pediafeed | Baltimore, Md.
Revolutionizing pediatric feeding for happier, healthier lives.

Team Lead: Kathy Hu | Co-Founder and CEO, Pediafeed | Undergraduate, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

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PHIXED SYSTEMS Lisa Illes PHIXED SYSTEMS | Pleasanton, Calif.
Advanced analytics platform technology for biomanufacturing.

Team Lead: Lisa Illes | Founder, PHIXED SYSTEMS | Undergraduate, Biological Systems Engineering, UC Davis

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StarBio StarBio | Davis, Calif.
Rapid diagnostic for ischemic stroke.

Team Lead: Teri Slack | MBA Student, UC Davis Graduate School of Management | Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, UC Davis

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The New Norm The New Norm| Baltimore, Md.
We transform Solo cups into wearable fabric.

Team Lead: Lauren Choi | Founder, The New Norm | Undergraduate, Material Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

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VHomes VHomes | Los Angeles
Real-estate SaaS building future of budget travel.

Team Lead: Michael Vilardo | MBA Student, UCLA

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