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Team of Entrepreneurs Wins TECH Fort Worth Award

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ben Johnston

Ben Johnston

Applied Regenerative Technologies, a company formed by Bioengineering Ph.D. student Ben Johnston and his teammates, was one of three winners at the fifth annual TECH Fort Worth IMPACT awards May 15. 

In addition to Johnston, other members of the team were Mario Romero-Ortega, Ph.D.; Rafael Granja-Vazquez, M.D.; and Mauricio Delgado, M.D.

Applied Regenerative Technologies, which won in the healthcare category, focuses on restoring nerve function after trauma, tumor resection or neurological disease. Its products are bio-engineered to control the regeneration of nerves and were developed by a coordinated effort between physicians and scientists to improve the clinical outcomes for hundreds of thousands of patients per year around the world.

“This award does two things for us: first, it puts our team in front of excellent business people in DFW that may provide us connections, advice, or sales. Second, we now are able to pitch to the Cowtown Angels – a group of angel investors in Fort Worth,” said Johnston, who is a member of the research team in Mario Romero-Ortega’s Regenerative Neurobiology Laboratory. “It is important that organizations support entrepreneurs because it can take a lot of time and advice for entrepreneurs to reach their goals. Having a network of people and investors that can help is essential.”

The awards are intended to highlight entrepreneurs in North Texas. They are given to fledgling businesses who are beginning to bring innovative products or services that will have a significant impact on healthcare to the market.