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Medical student lands $450,000 grant

Kelsey Moody, 26, a second-year medical student at Upstate Medical University, can now add funded researcher to an already impressive resume.

Moody learned he was awarded a $450,000 grant from the Life Extension Foundation to seed his start-up company, Ichor Therapeutics Inc., which will work to develop and commercialize research and clinical products in the field of regenerative medicine. The foundation awards money for research aimed at extending healthy human life span.

Moody earned his bachelor’s degree at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2010 and completed an MBA from Concordia University in January 2013. If all goes according to plan, he’ll add the MD to his name in 2016.

Previously, Moody served as chief technology officer at ImmunePath, a venture capitalist-backed stem cell therapeutics company in Menlo Park, Calif., where he was in charge of laboratory automation and analytics.

“I’m interested in being at the center of where research, medicine and business intersect,” he said. “Unlike infectious disease or acute processes, we do not yet have effective solutions for treating chronic age-related pathology. Start-up companies are the vehicle of choice to drive disruptive technological innovation to satisfy this and other unmet medical needs.”

Caption: Kelsey Moody, above, was awarded a $450,000 grant from the Life Extension Foundation to seed his start-up company, Ichor Therapeutics Inc.

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