May 24, 2014
By: Jon Dougherty
Source: Time Warner Cable News
Big name pharmaceutical companies have their eyes on a local start-up
company at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The
student-run business recently won a $100,000 grand prize at a statewide
business competition, and as Time Warner Cable News' Jon Dougherty
reports, they're making medical breakthroughs that are even surprising
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Glaucoma Research Institute
estimates more than 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma, but only half
of those know they have it.
It's was a statistic that motivated Karen Torrejon, a graduate student at SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
Torrejon is the Founder and CEO of Glauconix.
screen their [pharmaceutical companies] potential molecules or drugs
that they're interested to possibly use for glaucoma treatment,"
Glauconix recreates human eye tissue and tests
glaucoma medicine to see how effective it is. Its process also helps
medicine reach the open market faster.
Until now, Glauconix said most glaucoma medicine has been tested on animals.
something that they were lacking. So something they they're actually
looking for. I think it's perhaps been a breakthrough in the eye and
vision research," said Torrejon.
Their work has paid off big. In
April, Glauconix won the $100,000 grand prize in the 2014 New York
Business Plan Competition. It beat out 560 teams from 62 colleges and
universities across the state.
"To me, it just means I have to work ten times harder," Torrejon said.
moved to the U.S. from Peru when she was 16 years old. She's now 26 and
said the company will use the money to help grow the business.
"It kind of gives you a little more power, strength and force to continue doing the work that we're doing," she said.