FODZYME® made finalist in a Harvard-led innovation contest

FODZYME® made finalist in a Harvard-led innovation contest

Kiwi Biosciences was named a Finalist in the President’s Innovation Challenge by Harvard iLabs. 

Selected among 400 applicants, Kiwi Biosciences got a chance to present FODZYME® at one of the most esteemed competitions at Harvard University. 

As a Harvard alumnus, Anjie Liu, Kiwi’s CEO and co-founder, presented FODZYME at the Finalists Ceremony among 24 other ventures, thoroughly assessed and selected by a reputable panel of over 250 judges. The show has brought over 2000 innovators all over the world together, including Harvard students, alumni, and affiliates.


Kiwi Biosciences at the Harvard iLabs President’s Innovation Challenge

Led by two Harvard graduates, Anjie Liu and David Hachuel, MPH, Kiwi Biosciences is developing novel enzymes to make food a painless experience for at least one in eight people who cannot enjoy the most common and nutritious foods. At this year’s competition, Kiwi was named a Finalist in the Alumni & Affiliates Open track category. 

Watch the recording of Anjie Liu’s presentation from the Ceremony here:

The President’s Innovation Challenge is an annual competition celebrating the most innovative minds from across Harvard University who have created ventures with the potential to be life- and world-changing. “Year after year, the Innovation Challenge gives members of our community an opportunity to focus, collaborate, and create,” said Harvard University President Larry Bacow. “Their efforts yield remarkable ideas for how we might work together to address some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. I am always energized and inspired by the work of our finalists — and by the deep engagement of faculty and alums who make that work possible.”

President Joe Biden has personally congratulated the finalists for their hard work, determination, and the extraordinary level of achievement. Addressing the ventures in human health, human endeavors, and sustainability, he said, “…You shoulder an important responsibility—to continue generating solutions that will transform people's everyday lives and help heal the world. I have no doubt that you will. You are part of the most gifted, tolerant, and innovative generation in our history.”

The President’s Innovation Challenge is a competition open to all Harvard students and selected alumni & affiliate-led ventures to propel their ideas forward. Having just organized its 11th annual ceremony, it is also an opportunity to win a share of $510,000 in non-dilutive funding, made possible by a gift from the Bertarelli Foundation. 

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