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Three Commonwealth Honors Students win $5,000 Innovation Challenge

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A team of three Commonwealth Honors students were awarded $5,000 as a part of the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship Celebration of Innovation Challenge: Seed Pitch competition on November 20.

Hadley Beauregard '22 (biochemistry, molecular biology, and German and Scandinavian studies), Hailey Charest '21 (biochemistry and molecular biology) and Bryanna Lexus Freitas '20 (chemistry and psychology) won the award for their product pitch, Bac-Be-Gone.

Bac-Be-Gone works to eliminate MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year. The product would immediately eliminate MRSA on contact.

The Bac-Be-Gone group was one of seventeen teams who competed for the total prize of $15,000. They delivered a five-minute pitch of their venture idea and participated in a Q&A in front of a panel of industry-expert judges.