Adam Regelmann has conducted academic research in fields such as chemistry, microbiology and molecular immunology since the time he was in high school. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University and came to St. Louis to complete his residency at Washington University School of Medicine.
While at Columbia, Adam and two of his colleagues founded Quartzy, an online lab inventory management system for the academic life-sciences community. When Adam came to St. Louis, his program director showed his support of the venture by approving a 50/50 split of Adam’s time between his duties as a resident and his work with Quartzy.
Washington University’s support of young entrepreneurial researchers and clinicians gave Adam the time to compete in the 2009 Olin Cup, where he was awarded $50,000 in seed funding for Quartzy. Read about Adam and his win on the New York Times “You’re the Boss” blog. Since his Olin Cup win, in Summer 2011, Quartzy was funded by Y Combinator, which, twice a year invests a small amount of money in a large number of startups, which move to Silicon Valley for 3 months, where they work intensively to get the company into the best possible shape and refine their investor pitch. The Y Combinator alumni network continues to help founders for the life of their company, and beyond.