A senior studying biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University is about to put his startup to the test in a high-profile competition. The medical device company, called Asclepii, describes itself as being focused on "building the next generation of tissue engineering therapeutics for wound healing."  The medical device company, called Asclepii, describes itself as being focused on "building the next generation of tissue engineering therapeutics for wound healing." Learn more: Crain's Cleveland Business

Entrepreneur-student Franco Kraiselburd is just 21 and spent most of his life in South America and Europe, but his connection to Cleveland is long. It goes back to when he was 13, in fact, and working on his very first scientific project.  While a primary school student in Brazil, Kraiselburd came across research conducted by Case Western Reserve University professor Dr. Arnold Caplan, an expert in Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs). Kraiselburd didn’t know that eight years later, he’d be working in the very lab where Dr. Caplan conducted his research. Learn more:

SXSW Pitch, presented by KPMG, is the marquee event of South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals (March 8 - 16, 2024), where leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive technology innovations to a panel of hand-picked judges and a live audience. Out of the 670 companies that applied to present at SXSW Pitch 2024, Asclepii was selected among the 45 finalists spanning nine separate categories. Learn more: PR Newswire

Inspired by his early experiences working in a medical lab, Franco Kraiselburd founded Asclepii, a startup focused on improving wound care with stem cells. Kraiselburd, a junior biomedical engineering student from Argentina, recently learned more about entrepreneurship at CES as a Veale Snyder Fellow. Next, he’ll travel to Barcelona later this semester to gain more insight. Learn more:


Franco Kraiselburd didn’t expect to go from student entrepreneur to campus rock star in a single day. But that’s pretty much what happened last spring, when a long day working on his startup climaxed with a performance at Springfest — CWRU’s spring concert party. Kraiselburd, a fourth-year biomedical engineering major, is the CEO of Asclepii, a biotech company he launched from Case to put his stem cell insights to work. He’s also a member of Space Cadets, a student band selected to perform at Springfest 2022. Learn more:

I was originally born in Boston but moved around a lot as a kid. Having spent time living in Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and the United States, I had a really international upbringing. Every new place brought me a unique perspective and language, which translated into a very useful skillset, both personally and professionally. Growing up, I never saw borders, languages, stigmas, or cultures as “limitations” – more so, I saw them as challenges in a world where anything is possible. Learn more:

Think[box] Radio season 2 EP 9: Krazy for Case

Driven, smart, creative. That’s Franco “Krais” Kraiselburd, a student so atypical, he typifies today’s Case student. The third-year biomedical engineering major is CEO of his own startup, a guitarist in a rock band, and the founder of a new student group. Hailing from Argentina, he speaks four languages, which is why he can order his pizza in Italian in Little Italy. For complete show notes and an audio version of this podcast please visit: This podcast is also available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud.