JustMilk wins first Pitch@Palace biotech event
JustMilk, a venture that delivers drugs and nutrients to infants during breastfeeding, won first prize last night in the first biotechnology-themed Pitch@Palace event at St. James’s Palace, convened by The Duke of York.
JustMilk is part of the Accelerate Cambridge programme at Cambridge Judge Business School, which provides mentoring and support to promising startup ventures.
JustMilk’s breastfeeding device delivers a pre-measured amount of medicines or nutrients to babies without the need of refrigeration or portable water.
It is designed to combat malnutrition, AIDS and other diseases, particularly in the developing world.
The winning pitch at the palace was presented by JustMilk co-founders Rebekah Scheuerle and Theresa Maier, who are PhD candidates at the University of Cambridge Department of Chemical Engineering.
Scheuerle serves on the board of the global non-profit JustMilk, headquartered in the US, but has now co-founded a limited company in the UK which will license the technology for application in western contexts as a convenience product – enabling a revenue stream which will power the social mission of the ecosystem of companies.
She has led the technical development of the device which administers medicines and nutrients like zinc supplements and anti-retrovirals to infants in low-resource settings.
Through providing a hygienic, accurate means of delivering infant-specific medications during breastfeeding, the technology could decrease the 4.5 million infant deaths annually.