On Tuesday, the companies attended the event — sponsored by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer — along with 33 other startups from universities. At the demo day, members of the startups met with their respective members of Congress.
Sam Tetlow, CEO of EpiCypher, said the company began in January of 2012. Tetlow said the company’s goal is to advance the science of epigenetics and to save lives. He said their products help researchers figure out if a medicine is going to work very early in the process.
“So every time we ship a product we save .42 of a person’s life,” Tetlow said.
Tetlow said the startup has been so successful because of its very experienced management team, the great science and products, and the way in which the field of epigenetics is growing.
“When you add all those things together you get an opportunity to really have an impact,” Tetlow said.
Brian Strahl, the vice chairperson of the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UNC, is one of the three scientific founders of EpiCypher.
Tetlow said EpiCypher has a license through UNC for part of their technology, and KickStart Venture Services nominated EpiCypher for Startup Day.
“It is a great recognition for the team that has worked so hard and it means a lot coming from the United States Congress,” he said.