GeneCapture awarded $100,000 at Alabama Launchpad competition

HudsonAlpha associate company GeneCapture took home the $100,000 prize at the first Alabama Launchpad Alumni competition. The event brought together Alabama Launchpad winners from the past ten years and gave them the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges. 

From left to right: Paula Kolle, Sr. Scientist; Peggy Sammon, CEO; Krishnan Chittur, PhD, President and CTO

GeneCapture’s team included CEO Peggy Sammon, Co-founder Krishnan Chittur and Senior Scientist Paula Koelle

“We are thrilled to have won the prize and the recognition for GeneCapture, HudsonAlpha and UAH.  Alabama Launchpad helped us get started in the early days and now winning the Alumni competition is helping us enter a new phase where we are validating our prototype with actual human samples as we develop our rapid infection detection system,” said Sammon.  

GeneCapture also won the grand prize in 2010 in the business plan competition for startups. To learn more about Alabama Launchpad, visit