Biomedical engineering graduate student wins second place in 2012 Ideas Challenge

Qun Maxine Liu receiving award check
Pictured, left to right: Richard Lester (CNVE), Liu, Frank Raymond, Dr. Mark Lenox

Biomedical engineering graduate student Qun Maxine Liu was awarded second place in the 11th Annual Raymond IDEAS Challenge during a ceremony hosted by the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE) at the Mays Business School May 2.

The Ideas Challenge is an annual event open to Texas A&M undergraduate and graduate students of all majors.  Students are encouraged to participate individually or in groups. According to the CNVE website, the competition “helps students think in an entrepreneurial way and develop the competencies needed to identify and successfully implement new business ideas throughout their careers.”

This year, judges from business and academia reviewed more than 900 entries. Forty were selected for final presentations and the top five ideas were awarded a cash prize. Liu was awarded $2,000 for her project, “PolyFilm Absorbable Adhesion Barrier,” a business idea to build a polymer film for prevention of surgical adhesions.

“There were 68 teams, and she did it all solo. Well done, Maxine! We are all very proud of you,” said Dr. Mark Lenox, director of imaging at the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies.

Qun Maxine Liu is currently a graduate student at the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS), working under the guidance of Dr. Mark Lenox. Her research interest is medical imaging, PET, CT and MRI for preclinical use. Liu’s work involves protocol development, scan and data post-processing using workstation and Matlab programming. She has published two peer-reviewed publications and holds a patent for “preparation of anti-coagulated and anti-bacterial biomedical materials.” Liu is active in the Texas A&M Entrepreneurship Society and Society for Biomaterials.