NU-DDEMsys and Automated Histology

Creativity Fund, Spring 2008-09

Project Description

About the Entrepreneur

Vince A. Alessi was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he attended the University of Michigan part-time during high school. During that time, he applied for his first patent and started and ran a small company which purchased, repaired, and sold analytical and biotechnological instruments and equipment. He is a dedicated scientist, with research experience at the University of Michigan's Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience, and The Molecular Behavioral Neurogenetics Institute; Oberlin College's Neuroscience Department; and the Rockefeller University Neuroendocrinology Lab, during which time he was a guest in the Portrait of the Scientist series. He has presented his work at the World Congress on Healthcare Innovation and at an annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, and has also coauthored a chapter of the 2007 edition of the book Psychiatric Clinics of North America. He is currently on Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored undergraduate research fellowship at Oak Ridge National Lab, where he is working to develop mechanisms for microbiome-based uranium enrichment, assisting in the engineering of microorganisms for the production of bio energy, and exploring his concept for synthetic symbiosis. His entrepreneurial interest lies in the conception and realization of transformative tools and systems. His three primary projects are an innovative histological device, a Networked Utility Dynamic Demand Energy Management system (NU-DDEMsys), and a laminar flow micro-capillary cooling system for tera-byte scale electronics. At Oberlin, he tutors for the Biology Department, and plans to graduate with majors in both Biochemistry and Neuroscience in Spring of 2011. He enjoys playing and listening to music, writing, working in his art studio, and spending time with interesting people.

About the Project

My project is the development and commercialization of two of my inventions, a Networked Utilities Dynamic Demand Energy Management system (NU-DDEMsys), and an innovative histological device, respectively.

The histological device uses two patent-pending mechanism to turn the laborious ordeal of mounting biological matter onto glass slides, a ubiquitous task across many fields of science, to be executed with a significant increase in quality and in 5% of the original time, or automated outright! Having already constructed and tested a proof-of-principle device and designed a production model, I'm currently assembling the production prototype, having 1-2 patents prepared, and initiating a commercialization strategy while beginning my search for ground-level investors.

The concept of the Networked Utility Dynamic Demand Energy Management system, aka NU-DDEMsys, is to use a network of small specialized devices distributed amongst electricity consumers to coordinate energy consumption, thereby making consumer demand elastic to the production capacities of energy providers. It is an ambitious project, requiring a broad range of technical expertise. With the collaborative and consultative input of various professionals, i have been able to advance the proof-of-concept design of the system's electro-mechanical components significantly, and will begin their construction upon completion of the histological device production prototype.

Team Members

Vincent Alessi ’11