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Animal Sciences student wins business-plan competition

Posted: May 10, 2010

Alyssa Klein, a Penn State Animal Sciences major and Schreyer Honors College scholar, was part of a four-member team that won the Business Plan Competition at Washington State University, sponsored by the College of Business's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

For its first-place finish, the team received a $14,000 cash prize and each team member received a smart phone.

Klein's team, one of 12 in the graduate division, proposed developing and marketing a viral diagnostic test called QVET, using technology developed by Troy Ott, Penn State associate professor of reproductive physiology, in work he conducted while at the University of Idaho. The technology recently was patented in the United States. Ott is Klein's academic advisor and supervises her honors research project.

Klein, a sophomore from York, Pa., was the science lead for the project. Other members of the team included two Master's of Business Administration students from Washington State University, Jason Burt and Andrew Lombard, and a law and MBA student from the University of Idaho, Michael Whittaker. The team was coached by Gaylene Anderson, Licensing Associate with the University of Idaho Technology Transfer Office.

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