2014 Retail & Health Innovation Challenge – Wake Forest University

Q-Cigarettes, LLC - 2014 Retail & Health Innovation Challenge - Wake Forest University

2014 Retail & Health Innovation Challenge – Wake Forest University

Q-Cigarettes, LLC

Our featured product — a novel tobacco dependence treatment — aligns with CVS Health’s shift to a total healthcare providing organization.

Drew Park

CEO and Founder of Q-Cigarettes, LLC, Drew Park is weighing plans to become either a community general pediatrician or pediatric oncologist. His upbringing, education and work experiences have led him to place special value on primary care and preventative medicine. He sees Q-cigarettes, and tobacco control in general, as an extension of this medical mission.

University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics; Magna cum laude
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; M.D. Candidate; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society Junior Inductee, i.e., Top 10 Student
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine; Master’s in Public Health Candidate

MD Anderson Cancer Center; Summer Research Fellow under Dr. Surena Matin

Porten Sǂ, Park Aǂ, Guo C, Kamat A, Xiao L, and Matin S*. “Influence of Tumor Size on the Accuracy of Ureteroscopic Biopsy for Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma”; (MP12-08). Presented at the 31st World Congress of Endourology, October 22, 2013, New Orleans, LA, USA.

The Rockefeller University; Research Assistant under Dr. Ralph Steinman, Nobel Laureate

Sela, U., P. Olds, A. Park, S. J. Schlesinger, and R. M. Steinman. “Dendritic Cells Induce Antigen specific Regulatory T Cells That Prevent Graft versus Host Disease and Persist in Mice.” Journal of Experimental Medicine 208.12 (2011): 2489-496. Print.

Dr. Raymond Hohl

Dr. Raymond J. Hohl is current Director of the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. Besides his interest in clinical care and research, Dr. Hohl is an inventor of anticancer therapies and co-founder of his own biotechnology company. Because of their shared interests, Dr. Hohl has mentored Drew through product and early-stage business development.

University of Illinois; B.S. in Biochemistry
Rush Medical College, Rush University; M.D.
Rush Graduate College, Rush University; Ph.D. in Pharmacology
University of Chicago; Residency in Internal Medicine
University of Chicago; Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology

Director of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute
Faculty of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute Dept. of Medicine
Faculty of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute Dept. of Pharmacology
Fmr. Holden Family Chair and Associate Chair of University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Dept. of Internal Medicine
Fmr. Associate Director for Clinical and Translational Research of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center of University of Iowa

>100 peer-reviewed articles and reviews
>12 book chapters
Associate Editor for “Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Principles to Practice”
Associate Editor for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Nature Publishing Group
Editorial Advisory Board Member for Lipids

Dr. Edythe London

Dr. Edythe London is The Thomas and Katherine Pike Professor of Addiction Studies and Director of the UCLA Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles. She is widely known for her work on substance abuse and addiction – tobacco and nicotine dependence prominent among them. Drew and Dr. London began their collaboration in the spring of 2014. They have been co-writing a Small Business Innovation Research Grant through the National Institute of Drug Abuse for a feasibility study scheduled for the end of the academic year.

University of Maryland; Ph.D. in Pharmacology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Faculty of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Faculty of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Dept. of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
Fmr. Faculty of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Fmr. Senior Scientist of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

>200 peer-reviewed articles
>60 reviews
Editor of multiple books

Raunak Desphande

Raunak Deshpande is an intern at Q-Cigarettes, LLC. He has primarily been involved in business development and product management activities. Additionally, he is a first year MBA student at the USC Marshall School of Business. He possesses a diverse professional experience encompassing IT Consulting and Real Estate Development.

University of Pune; BE in Computer Science
University of Southern California Marshall School of Business; M.B.A. Candidate

Consultant – Reconciliation Solutions at SunGard Global Services, US-based multinational providing software for financial services
Executive Assistant to the Managing Director – Archway Estates Pvt Ltd, a real estate firm

Team Fun Facts

-Drew is an expert in shampoo, nail polish and combs as he has over five years’ experience working at his mother’s beauty supply store.

-Both Drew and Dr. Hohl have spent time in and love the Midwest. Dr. London said she could not live there. Dr. London is a sophisticated and urbane woman whose interests – to the best of Drew’s knowledge – do not include tailgating, football and corn mazes.

-Raunak is long-time Manchester United supporter and black belt in karate. He also almost drowned in a pond at the age of four.

-Innocent’s interests include basketball, guitar-playing and song-writing. He can be found at open-mic nights around San Francisco.

Note: Inno, another intern (not listed), is an MBA Student at the Drexel University LeBow School of Business

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