College of St. Scholastica students present cancer treatment project to Mayo Clinic

The Innovation Scholars team at the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) are heading down to Rochester in order to present a project they have been working on for months at the Mayo Clinic.

Four CSS students spent four months working on a tech transfer project focusing on how to predict a person’s resistance to cancer-treating drugs in chemotherapy.

“The Stender School of Business, Leadership and Professional Studies is delighted to sponsor the Innovation Scholars program, a unique, high-impact experiential learning opportunity. We have an incredibly talented interdisciplinary team of students and faculty from business and the sciences.”

Dr. Brenda Fischer, Dean of the Stender School.

The Innovation Scholars team includes Fabian Andrade, Greta Kos, Jad Saouma, and Sarah Vlasich. They were aided by Dr. Amber Schlater, Dr. Jenean O’Brien, Dr. Melissa Goodson, Dr. Melanie Talaga, and Amy Pocrnich. Augsburg University student Andy Thomson lead the team.

“I’m truly excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the Innovation Scholars program. It’s a chance to contribute to important research at the world’s best hospital, Mayo Clinic, aiming to ease people’s suffering. This experience will be incredibly beneficial for my career, exposing me to various new fields in healthcare, marketing, business and Technology. What really makes me proud to be part of this program is the chance to make a difference, no matter how small, in improving people’s lives.”

Jad Saouma, Computer Information Systems Student, CSS

Project partners include the Mayo Clinic and early-stage Medical Alley companies. Read more about Innovation Scholars at