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Cancer survivor becomes a cancer fighter at a Philly start-up (Philadelphia Inquirer, July 28, 2017)

Posted on July 29, 2017 — pennadmin

by Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer  @dmastrull


What Debra Travers really wanted to be was a marine biologist, until “I found out Jacques Cousteau wasn’t hiring.”

 How she wound up as chief executive of PolyAurum LLC, a Philadelphia start-up developing biodegradable gold nanoparticles for treating cancerous tumors, involved a professional journey of more than 30 years in pharmaceutical and diagnostics industries, and a personal battle with the disease she’s now in business to defeat.