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Startup Helmed by Chan Namgong ’03 Wins NC IDEA Grant
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Ravenscroft graduate and entrepreneur Chan Namgong ’03 has received an NC IDEA grant for his company, Animal Cancer Dx, a Raleigh-based biotech startup that has developed a cancer screening test for dogs.

The product could prove revolutionary in detecting cancer in both dogs and humans.

“The test offers non-invasive, early screening of cancer risk in both humans and dogs with just a drop of urine sample,” Namgong explained. “We’ve developed a novel non-invasive, in-vitro cancer screening test for dogs — commercially available at five local veterinary hospitals — and we are working toward validating our test for humans. We are working on two human studies with Dana Farber Cancer Institute (for bladder and kidney cancer) and the University of Texas Health San Antonio (for prostate cancer).” 

The $10,000 micro-grant will help Animal Cancer Dx develop and refine its technology. 

“While it’s a small grant, it validates our idea and business model and gives us the credibility of NC IDEA, one of the premier private foundations committed to supporting entrepreneurs in North Carolina,” Namgong said.  

NC IDEA awarded $150,000 to 15 North Carolina startups this year. Since the inaugural cycle of awards in 2018, the foundation has awarded over $1.3 million to 133 companies across the state. 

Namgong is a seasoned entrepreneur and leader. Since getting his degree from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, he has founded four companies — bevello, Commercial Space Management, HomeCloud and Animal Cancer Dx — and served as chief operating officer of Johnson Automotive. Ravenscroft Magazine profiled him in the Spring 2014 issue as part of a feature story, “Alumni to Watch: Young Business Owners Excel.”