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McGuire Entrepreneurship at Work
McGuire Student Tops 2011 Tulane Business Plan Competition

Xenia Kachur and Lauren Lebeau presenting
McGuire Entrepreneurship student Xenia Kachur,
left, presents with Pathostat, LLC member Dr.
Lauren Lebeau, at the 2011 Tulane Business Plan

Photo courtesy Tulane Entrepreneurship Association.

By Liz Warren-Pederson

Xenia Kachur, a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering, brought home a $50,000 prize with fellow teammates Dr. Lauren Lebeau, Dung Nguyen, and Dennis Maiocchi, when they topped the 2011 Tulane Business Plan Competition in April.

Her venture, Pathostat, LLC, aims to commercialize a novel, patent-pending medical device technology for use during cancer surgery which enables the surgical oncology team to precisely excise and assess cancerous tissue.

Kachur is also part of a four-person team behind the McGuire venture project Acubens Biotech. The venture identifies, licenses, and commercializes patents targeting the diagnoses and treatment of cancer currently residing in isolated silos at universities and research institutions.

Kachur graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in biomedical microbiology and a minor in chemistry. Her dissertation research focuses on cancer therapy and nanotechnology. She is an active member of the American Chemical Society and the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Read about student preparations for the year-end event on, and find out about the range of ventures through a series of video interviews.

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