A new start-up research laboratory at Boston University will use successful entrepreneurs as live case studies, providing unique mentoring and networking opportunities for students, school officials said this week.

The lab, a collaboration between the school's Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, or ITEC, and its Office of Technology Development, is aimed at fostering interaction between entrepreneurs and students, professors, mentors, businesses, investors, and policy-makers. In exchange for the lab's services, entrepreneurs agree to give guest lectures at the university.

"This partnership will enable the university to better understand how it can help young entrepreneurs get their companies off the ground and grow them into viable businesses," ITEC Executive Director Jonathan Rosen said in a statement.

The lab's first participant, Brandon Johnson, President of Boston Microfluidics, is working on a device to give immediate STD test results.

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