Biomedical engineering graduate honored by AFS

Saurabh BiswasCOLLEGE STATION, Texas, Sept. 6, 2013 – Saurabh Biswas, a 2011 graduate of Texas A&M University with a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering, has been named a “12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight” honoree by The Association of Former Students.

Each year, The Association of Former Students recognizes 12 former students who have graduated from Texas A&M within the past 12 years for their business accomplishments, philanthropic efforts and outstanding representation of Texas A&M’s core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service.

As a graduate student at Texas A&M, Biswas conducted his doctoral studies under the supervision of John Criscione, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. During that time, he helped design and develop a novel implantable cardiac device to treat heart failure. Biswas also has created a medical diagnostic venture around non-invasive diagnostic technology to detect colon cancer and co-founded a neurovascular device startup company for treating brain aneurysms.

“The first time I met Dr. Biswas as a new graduate student it was obvious to me that he was going to make a great impact, because, frankly, he wanted to get experience transitioning discoveries into marketable ideas,” Criscione said. “This is of course how our research ends up impacting our sponsors and neighbors. His work in my lab was essential towards the development of concepts for the treatment of heart failure.”

Biswas is director of new ventures for The Texas A&M University System. In that role, he helps develop business plans for a world-class therapeutic and vaccine-manufacturing infrastructure.

As an award recipient, Biswas will be featured in the January-February issue of “Texas Aggie” magazine for his professional and academic accomplishments. Additionally, he will receive a framed certificate and the framed “Texas Aggie” magazine cover of the issue in which he is highlighted.

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 The Association of Former Students, established in 1879, is the official alumni organization of Texas A&M University. The Association connects the 650,000 members of the worldwide Aggie Network – including 360,000 living former students – with each other and the University, and provides more than $7.2 million a year in impact to University scholarships, awards, activities and enrichment for students, faculty, staff and former students. For more information about The Association of Former Students, visit www.AggieNetwork.com.

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