Industry Sponsored Projects: Cocoon Biotech

Author: Notre Dame ESTEEM

Over 50% of our students this year are working on Industry-Sponsored Projects.  This week's project is presented by Megan Bryant and Edward Gordon.  Megan is a 2015 graduate of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.  Edward graduated in January 2014 from Miami University of Ohio.  Both were biomedical engineering majors.



Cocoon Biotech, Inc is located in Boston, Massachusetts and was founded in 2013 by Dr. Ailis Tweed-Kent. Dr. Tweed-Kent completed her Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Notre Dame University, and then went on to study medicine at Harvard Medical School. She started Cocoon Biotech, Inc. while completing her residency for medical school.

Cocoon Biotech, Inc has worked with the ESTEEM program in the past and has provided two different projects this year. Edward Gordon and Megan Bryant are working on two separate projects with Cocoon Biotech, Inc.

Edward Gordon

Edward is investigating the potential market impact of a drug release system for osteoarthritis using silk.  He will be looking into the regulatory pathways and potential time to market.  His analysis will also be determining the future action plan for the product as well as the present value of the project.

Megan Bryant

Megan is working on developing a new ophthalmic product line. In this project, she will help shape the direction of the company by accessing the market, completing competitive product analysis, developing financial models, and analyzing the regulatory pathway to develop a business plan for the new product line.


Dr. Tweed-Kent stated “The ESTEEM program has been a tremendous partner to Cocoon. The students not only bring energy and inquisitiveness to the Cocoon family, but their dedication and desire to help Cocoon move its products one step closer to patients is palpable. Each of our ESTEEM students are an integral member of the team and their work shapes the direction and progression of our product development. We look forward to a continued relationship with the ESTEEM program and hope to develop relationship with many more students in the coming years.“