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Dr. Jay Maharjan founded Explore Nano - to understand, educate and expedite commercialization of nanotechnology in cancer and advanced stage diabetes. Maharjan's 2017 research, conducted at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, examined the National Cancer Institute's strategy for nanotechnology alliances. 

Prior to launching Explore Nano, he spearheaded the White House's Startup America Partnership in Nevada, driving private investment for startups under President Obama's $1 billion initiative. His passion for fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems extended globally as an ambassador for UP Global, the State Department partnered initiative, empowering entrepreneurs in over 110 countries.


Maharjan received his masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His doctoral research at USC focused on the management practices of sovereign wealth funds in relation to policies and regional political economy influencing these funds. Maharjan was the recipient of the 2017 outstanding alumni award from his undergraduate alma mater Pittsburg State University, where he received his engineering degree.

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