From Lab to Market: How Cell Preservation Research Became BlueCube Bio, Winner of the 2020 MN Cup

Registration Required · CSE Alumni

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
Noon - 1 p.m. (central)

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About the Presentation

It all began when mechanical engineering Professor Allison Hubel asked herself, “How do trees survive a Minnesota winter?”  In seeking to answer this question, Hubel’s lab developed a new means of preserving biological cells used for cell therapy, which can treat diseases like leukemia and melanoma.  In collaboration with biomedical engineering PhD students Rui Li and Katie Hornberger, who both work in Hubel’s lab, BlueCube Bio was formed.  The company now offers the first-ever nontoxic cell preservation method, resulting in higher post-preservation yields, stronger cell function, and ultimately better long-term results and outcomes. In this webinar, Hubel will share her team's experience launching a startup founded on seven years of laboratory research, and how she has used her engineering background to take on the world of business.

BlueCube Bio beat out 26 other finalist teams to take home the 2020 MN Cup grand prize. MN Cup is an annual competition that reaches emerging entrepreneurs from across the state and connects them with education, mentorship and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures.

For more information about BlueCube Bio, please visit the company website.

Questions? Contact Joelle Larson, CSE Director of Alumni Relations at or 612-626-1802.


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Public lecture
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Start date
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, Noon
End date
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, 1 p.m.

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