Jonathan Rothberg, the New Haven native who pioneered high-speed DNA sequencing and more recently founded the Guilford bioscience accelerator 4Catalyzer, hopes to inspire new life-changing medical devices by offering a $25,000 prize to students at Yale, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown University.

“Instead of just developing hardware, I want ideas that mix hardware and software, and I’d like it to be able to affect the life of a person,” Rothberg said.

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