Kate Beriont

Class of 2018-2019

University of Notre Dame, 2018

Why I chose ESTEEM:

Here at ESTEEM I have the opportunity to translate my passions in medicine and the biological sciences into marketable applications. Through entrepreneurship, discoveries in the lab can reach those they are aimed to ultimately benefit.

My capstone thesis project and why I'm excited about it:

For my thesis project I am working with YeSSGenomics, Inc. The company's ColotypeR technology makes sub-typing of colon cancer tumors clinically feasible, allowing physicians access to information that will influence treatment decisions and open the door to personalized medicine in colon cancer! This technology has the ability to drastically improve the probability of survival for many patients. I am very excited for this opportunity to work with YeSSGenomics' business leaders and inventors. This year, I will collaborate with the YeSSGenomics team to construct a go-to-market launch strategy, further refine the technology to fit oncologist's needs, and most importantly translate a university discovery into a real-time impact.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

After ESTEEM, I hope to enter the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry and continue to commercialize emerging technologies so that they can make a difference!

What I like to do when I'm not working:

I love to go to barre class, surf and swim at the beach, or check-out a new artist at a concert. I love trying new things, so I'm always open to learning about my friends' interests as well.  I'm also going to be involved with the broadcasting fold for Notre Dame Softball this year!

And finally:

It's been wonderful getting to know my classmates. Everyone has their own area of expertise, and I'm so excited to see what my class of ESTEEM will accomplish in just 11-months!