Sean Virgile

sean virgileBS biomedical engineering '10

(Pursuing PhD in bioengineering, University of Maryland)

Occupation: Graduate student and entrepreneur (Diagnostic anSERS, Inc.)
Residence: College Park, MD

What advice do you have for the current class of Keidaeans?

Think big. You are only limited by your imagination.

What did you do immediately after graduation? How did you decide to take that path?

I went to the University of Maryland, College Park's Fischell Department of Bioengineering's PhD program.  Especially after taking Don Golini's Technical Entrepreneurship class, I decided that I really wanted to start a technical company; UMD was the best blend of bioengineering and entrepreneurship.

What do you do now and why did you choose this career?

I'm still at the University of Maryland and expect to graduate in Dec. 2014. I've also co-founded a company (Diagnostic anSERS, Inc.) with a labmate. We both see how much science never makes it out of the lab, so we are turning our lab research into a real-life product.

How do you continue embodying the spirit of Meliora, ever better, in your daily life?

Meliora is about making the world a better place tomorrow than it was yesterday, and that's exactly what my company and my research strives to do. By enabling corporations to better detect contamination, we can make consumer products safer. For my graduate research, I am designing better, faster, cheaper medical diagnostics. Meliora is what drives my work and life.