Countdown to GIA

In exactly one month, a new Global Impact Award recipient will be named.

Finalist teams have been hard at work all summer as they prepare their deliverables for the final event. Over the next few weeks, we will be profiling each finalist team on the blog–sharing their best practices and secrets to success! Check back next week for the first profile, featuring The Women’s Bakery.



Finalist Teams

(Note: Only four of the original six finalists are still in the running for the Global Impact Award)

WashU-affiliated team members are emboldened.


Epharmix: Epharmix builds disease-specific, automated, interactive communication tools that track patients’ conditions.

  • Blake Marggraff (CEO; Washington University, BS ’15 Biology)
  • Evan Huang (CTO; Washington University, BS ’15 Computer Science)
  • Avik Som, PhD (Chief Medical Officer; Washington University, MD/PhD 17′)
  • Joe McDonald (COO/CFO; Washington University, BS ’15 Biomedical Engineering/MBA)
  • Christine Stavridis (Creative Director; Washington University, BFA ’11 Communication Design, Computer Science)
  • Andrew Garvin (Engineer; Washington University, BS DNC Computer Science)
  • Nicholas Spitzer (Medical Sales Representative)
  • Cody Meyer (Account Manager)


Geneoscopy: Colon cancer detection through take-home stool tests

  • Erica Barnell (Washington University School of Medicine MD/PhD Candidate)
  • Yiming Kang (Washington University PhD Candidate in Computer Science)
  • Andrew Barnell


Rare Genomics: The Rare Genomics Institute is a patient-centered and science driven ecosystem that leverages the power of crowdfunding and social media to empower those affected by rare diseases to accelerate research and find hope for a cure.

  • Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS (President/Founder; Former research instructor at WashU; Entrepreneur in residence at The Mission Center; Chief Scientific Officer at Natera)
  • Jiangyang Zhao, Washington University, PhD candidate, expected graduation summer ’16)
  • Amit Balakrishnan, PhD
  • Alice Cheng
  • Nolin Huddleston


Women’s Bakery: A social enterprise based in East Africa that trains women with nutrition, business, baking, and life skills to launch bakeries selling affordable, nutritious bread.

  • Markey Culver (Founder & Director; Washington University, MBA Candidate ’17)
  • Julie Greene (Co-Founder; East Africa Program Director)
  • Heather Newell (US Program Officer)
  • Meg North (East Africa Program Officer)
  • Aime Nshizirungu (Rwanda Training Manager)