Alexander Lorestani, Ph.D. *17 and Nikolay Ouzounov, Ph.D. *15 win Tiger Entrepreneur Award
Princeton Entrepreneurship Council congratulates the winners of the Tiger Entrepreneur Award for 2018:
Alexander Lorestani, Ph.D. *17 and Nikolay Ouzounov, Ph.D. *15
The Tiger Entrepreneur Award was designed to celebrate the value of entrepreneurship and innovation across the Princeton community, and to emphasize the University’s commitment to Entrepreneurship the Princeton Way.
The award will be presented at one of the year’s most prestigious campus events, Celebrate Princeton Innovation, on the evening of November 8, 2018, at Frick Chemistry Laboratory.
Alex and Nick are the co-founders of Geltor, Inc., a biotech startup in San Leandro creating lab-grown, animal-free collagen. Both Rutgers graduates, they met in the Molecular Biology department at Princeton. Alex and Nick have already entered into partnerships with large firms such as GELITA, the world’s leading collagen supplier and Archer Daniels Midland, a leading food ingredient manufacturer. They and the Geltor team have secured $23 million in venture capital funding, including an $18 million Series A announced this week. Their bio-designed materials will have a wide range of environmental benefits and is poised to disrupt several important industries, including cosmetics, food, beverages and materials.