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20. Ross Dunlap (LGB 1993)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi, 12 mai 2015

Ross DunlapCeres Nanosciences Inc.

> Founded 2008


1. What is your company’s product/service?
Ceres Nanosciences Inc. is a life sciences company engaged in the commercialisation of innovative sample processing tools based on its proprietary Nanotrap® particle technology, which captures, enriches and preserves biomarkers from any sample type for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer, cardiac, and infectious diseases, resulting in improved patient benefit and reduced health care costs. Ceres has a broad product pipeline of advanced sample collection technologies and diagnostics, funded through US federal agency grants, private foundation funding, and industry collaborations.

Ceres’ lead product is a direct antigen test for the diagnosis of Lyme disease, which is now available for patient benefit through participating clinics. Additionally, we are developing innovative diagnostic approaches for addressing global health epidemics, such as Ebola, Malaria, HIV, and TB.

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
Ceres was founded in Manassas, Virginia, just 40 minutes away from Washington, DC. Ceres’ offices and labs are in Manassas.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
10 at peak (and 10 now).

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
Getting funding in the early years, 2008 – 2011, when the funding environment was challenging. Scaling up, working with a highly versatile technology platform and identifying the right funding partners and opportunities to focus on going forward.

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
We see a phase of rapid growth in revenues over the next three years accelerated by new funding and penetration/recognition of our Nanotrap technology in the industry.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
My brother, Tom Dunlap (LGB ’90) was a founder of the company and remains on the board of directors.

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
My time at Ecolint taught me how to adapt to new situations, new expectations, and different modes of thinking, which is very important in a business where strong relationships define success, be it with investors, collaborators, or customers.



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