Team Kymissis Wins Inaugural Corning Prize

September 20, 2021

Professor John Kymissis and student Christine McGinn have won the inaugural Columbia Lab-to-Market Advanced Materials Accelerator with Corning, Inc.

A team of researchers led by Professor John Kymissis and including graduate student Christine McGinn and former postdoctoral research scientist Zachary Lamport have been selected as winners of the first Columbia Lab-to-Market Advanced Materials Accelerator with Corning, Inc. 

A committee from Corning, Inc. selected Professor Kymissis's team for their presentation of "Ceramic Tapes as a Substrate for Advanced Thin Film Electronics. Team Kymissis was selected from of a competitive field that also included start-up products designed by Professor Sam Sia ("Advanced Manufacturable Materials for Fast Microfluidic PCR") and Professor Nanfeng Yu ("Resonant, Wavefront-Shaping Metasurfaces"). 

Professor Kymissis and his team will receive $50,000 in start-up funding from Corning, Inc. while all three finalists will have the opportunity to continue collaboration with Corning.

The Corning Prize was developed as an industrial collaboration between the Columbia PAQM MRSEC, Columbia Technology Ventures and Corning, Inc. As part of the competition, teams submit viable lab-to-market ideas that fit within a wide field of Corning's areas of interest. Throughout the duration of the program, teams receive guidance from Corning, entrepreneurial support, and access to advanced materials experts, startups, and investors, including, but not limited to, executives at Corning.

The Columbia MRSEC would like to congratulate Professor Kymissis, Christine McGinn and Zachary Lamport for their achievement.