USD School of Law Alumni Startup Wins UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge

San Diego (October 8, 2012) - University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumnus and Nasseo, Inc. Co-founder Kayvon Pourmirzaie, ’10 (JD), accepted the first-place prize of $57,000 in cash and legal services at the Sixth Annual University of California San Diego (UCSD) Entrepreneur Challenge Business Plan Competition in late June. 

The company was also awarded the first place prize of $7,500 in cash and legal services at the UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge’s Executive Summary Competition in April, making Nasseo, Inc. the first startup to win both the UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge Executive Summary and Business Plan Competitions in the same year.

The entrepreneurial challenge recognizes inspiring startups and has been a turning point for a number of successful San Diego-based startup companies. The challenge allows cross-disciplinary teams in a number of industries to compete for the prize. Each challenge is judged by an esteemed panel of science, technology and business professionals.

"This competition is about finding emerging startups that have developed ground-breaking technologies, so we are excited to receive this recognition,” said Pourmirzaie in a company press release. “Nasseo's science is well-documented and we look forward to developing our proprietary dental implant system."

Nasseo's initial product, the TiArray™ dental implant system, integrates a proprietary surface modification technology to create significantly stronger bone-to-implant bonding at the molecular level. By developing this dental implant system, Nasseo hopes to create new treatment options for previously unreached patients who are discouraged from receiving implants because of poor circulatory and bone growth issues.

Pourmirzaie co-founded Nasseo with CEO Dr. Garrett Cale Smith, who holds a PhD in bioengineering from UCSD and is a Stanford Biodesign Fellow Alumni. Pourmirzaie holds a JD degree cum laude from University of San Diego School of Law and a BS degree in bioengineering from UCSD.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.</p