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Eleni Antoniadou

28-year-old biotech start-up founder Eleni Antoniadou aims to change medicine forever

One of Forbes’ “30 Under 30”, Eleni Antoniadou is chasing one of the holy grails of biotechnology: creating organs in the lab for use as life-saving transplants. First, though, the 28-year-old start-up co-founder is focused on finishing her PhD — and helping NASA prepare for a mission to Mars. “A few years ago, when I first talked about creating artificial tissue and neurons, people were shocked at the suggestion, believing it to be the stuff of science fiction,” says Antoniadou. But that hasn’t deterred her. “If you don’t chase your dreams, you will never get a hold of them.”
Yannis Pitsiladis

Marathon man Yannis Pitsiladis, and his quest for the extraordinary

Scientist Yannis Pitsiladis is on a high-energy one-man quest to redefine the limits of human endurance, by training a man to run a marathon in less than two hours, without the use of performance-enhancing drugs. His frenetic quest to extend the limits of human possibility, and his provocative ideas for how to get there, are raising eyebrows — but they could lead to unprecedented breakthroughs that go way beyond sports.
Asimina Arvanitaki

Asimina Arvanitaki, the 36-year-old ‘Greek Einstein’ on the cutting edge of research in supersymmetry, dark matter, and extra dimensions

In an amazing story that connects an ancient Greek philosopher with a modern day genius, and the philanthropic legacy of a world-famous Greek shipping magnate with the Greek-Canadian creator of the Blackberry, a young Greek woman who has been called a “superstar” in the world of theoretical physics for her novel research approach to dark matter and more, is now an $8 million professor. “All I can say, as someone who comes from a small village in Greece, this is something I never dreamed of,” says 36-year-old Asimina Arvanitaki, who becomes the first woman to hold a research chair at the...
Peter Diamandis

Looking for modern-day heroes: XPRIZE’s Peter Diamandis calls on the next generation

Peter Diamandis, the founder of the XPRIZE, announced a new challenge this week — and the Next Generation Initiative is working with him to find a few Greek American heroes willing to accept his latest challenge through HeroX. “Innovation is as Greek as democracy or philosophy, says Diamandis. “Which is why I am particularly proud to challenge you — my fellow Greek Americans, and especially young Greek Americans — to uphold that tradition, make your own breakthroughs, and become the next generation of heroes.”
name tag intern

Why internships are crucial to launching a career: Part I

Internships are increasingly the only way for new applicants to get their foot in the door at some companies, writes Jeff Selingo, author of “There Is Life After College.” Today’s employers are hiring nearly 50 percent of the interns who had worked for them before they graduated. In large companies, that number is closer to 75 percent. This represents a massive shift in how college graduates launch their careers.
Helen Maroulis

How world champion Helen Maroulis meets challenges — and inspires the next generation of women

“Greek by birth. Wrestler by heart. Passionate about life. 3x World Team member. 2016 Olympic Hopeful.” These brief words are how 24 year-old Helen Maroulis describes herself. On Sunday, the 2015 World Champion and three-time World medalist moved one step closer to booking a trip to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics after winning at the U.S. Olympic Trials. This young Greek American’s journey, overcoming one obstacle — and heartbreak — after another, is proving to be an inspiration for a whole generation of young women.
John Aristotle Phillips and Dean Phillips

Aristotle’s PredictIt Project: Greek American brothers John Aristotle Phillips and Dean Phillips bet on predicting a winner

It’s Tuesday, and another day for a new group of primary voters in America to cast their ballots in the the 2016 presidential nominating contest. While polls and pundits alike have been struggling to predict outcomes this campaign year, an online prediction market created by Greek American brothers John Aristotle Phillips and Dean Phillips is proving to be more reliable — and accurate. How will Aristotle Inc.’s PredictIt do this go-round? More results will come in tonight.
I've got Greek!

Our own Independence Day — and why that’s important

Today is March 25th, the Next Generation Initiative’s 10th anniversary. For us, it means that we’ve spent the past ten years working to connect young Greek Americans with career advisors and mentors, and career-advancing opportunities like internships and scholarships. We chose to launch our programs on Greek Independence Day in order to send an important message: we only have one agenda — helping our students.

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