Forty-three biology students from Timberlane Regional High School in Massachusetts took part in the Biotrek program, an outreach initiative organized by the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute in Manchester. The program employed a project-based learning approach, where students were tasked with identifying a medical problem of interest and designing a tissue or organ product as a solution. The students then developed a business plan and presented their ideas to a panel of judges.
Out of the eleven teams that presented their projects in class, three teams were selected to proceed to the final pitch event. Ultimately, the winning team consisted of Chaunda Poulin, Matthew Gosselin, and Adam Cartonio. Their pitch focused on a bladder tissue replacement center. The Biotrek program provided students with an opportunity to engage in hands-on learning, apply their knowledge in a practical context, and develop entrepreneurial skills.