Bioelectronics and Spintronics turned heads in the Bay Area

On 13 October 2016 the Falling Walls Lab Bay Area set the stage for inspiring ideas.

The event was hosted by the A.T. Kearney in collaboration with the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University and invited outstanding talents and innovative thinkers to showcase their research projects, business models and social intiatives - in 3 minutes each. 

A high-calibre jury selected the most intriguing presentation based on its breakthrough factor, impact and structure.

The winners of the Bay Area Lab will travel to the Falling Walls Lab Finale on 8 November and pitch amongst the winners of all international Falling Walls Labs. The winners will also receive a ticket for the Falling Walls Conference which takes place on 9 November and brings together leaders from the worlds of science, business and policy-making. 


Meet the two winners:

Rory Murphy    Ireland     University of California, San Francisco     Breaking the Wall of Bioelectronics

Rory Murphy is a Clinical Functional Fellow at the Department of Neurosurgery at UCSF. He is the co-founder of ‘Intelligent Implants Ireland’ a bioelectronics company partnering with a strategic healthcare company to develop the next generation of neurosurgical implants. Rory is pitching his idea to use bio electronics to help the body heal. He is developing wireless bioelectronics that can be used to sense signals from tissues in the body and stimulate them to heal.

Sinead Griffin     Ireland     University of California, Berkeley     Breaking the Wall of Spintronics

Sinead is an SNF postdoctoral fellow at the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the UC Berkeley Department of Physics. She uses quantum mechanical methods to design materials with applications ranging from functional nano materials to the origins of the universe. Sinead is pitching her idea to revolutionize spintronic materials by manipulating an electron's spin.


Meet the jury:

David Strong, Partner and COO, IDEO

Dr. Myriam Mendila, Chief Medical Officer, Genentech

Dr. Sally Benson, Professor, Energy and Resource Engineering (ERE), Stanford University

Stuart Coulson, Associate Professor, Stanford D. School and co-founder and Director, Social Entrepreneurship Lab and Extreme Design Lab

Stefan Schlueter, German Consul General


The presenters and the jury of the Falling Walls Lab Bay Area 2016.



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