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Faculty Discuss Startups in Farley Fellows Lecture Series

Vadim Backman and Larry Birnbaum will discuss entrepreneurship lessons on February 26

The Farley Fellow Seminar Series, in which entrepreneurship-minded faculty offer lessons learned in bringing their ideas to market, continues this winter with a new lecture from two faculty members.

McCormick professors Vadim Backman and Larry Birnbaum will speak about product development, financing, market investigation, and building a business team at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26 in the ITW room in Ford. 

Farley Fellows are entrepreneurship-minded faculty members who advise Northwestern’s Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, mentor students and other faculty, and lead by example. All fellows have companies or are involved in substantial entrepreneurial efforts.

Backman, Walter Dill Scott Professor in Biomedical Engineering, is the director of the Biophotonics Center at Northwestern University. He co-founded two biomedical device companies: American BioOptics LLC, which develops fiber-optic technology to identify patients at high risk for colorectal cancer, and Nanocytomics, which develops nanocytology technology for early cancer detection.

Birnbaum, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is co-founder and chief scientific advisor of Narrative Science, a company that extracts insights from pools of data, turning it into actionable stories and insights. His research focus has been in natural language processing, intelligent information systems and human-computer interaction. 

Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty are especially encouraged to attend.