Texas Tech University

College of Human Sciences Faculty Members Work Together to Win the President’s Innovative Startup Award

Matilda Beckanovic

October 10, 2022

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The 3 CulinaryMed Docs, LLC project was selected for recent award for its potential to help those suffering from chronic health conditions

The President's Innovation Startup Award is a partnership between Texas Tech University with Market Lubbock Inc. with the objective to include programs for students and entrepreneurs, to seed-stage funding for startups as well as seed grants for startups to support equipment and rental expense at the innovation hub at Research Park. 

Shannon Galyean, Ph.D., an assistant professor in Nutritional Sciences, Allison Childress, Ph.D., assistant professor, and director of the online master's program in Nutritional Sciences, and Michelle Alcorn, Ph.D., an associate professor in Hospitality and Retail Management had the honor of being recognized as an innovative startup for creating 3 CulinaryMed Docs. 

3 CulinaryMed Docs has been in the works for quite some time now. It is an app that customized recipes, meal plans, and nutritional education for each user with the intent to help them manage their chronic disease nutritionally. 3 CulinaryMed Docs utilizes culinary medicine, to help the user manage disease by combining food preparation with the science of medicine, that delivers directly to the patient or user.

This revolutionary business will bring the culinary medicine industry to the fingertips of all those in need. Being an app allows for accessibility to millions of potential users equipped with dietary restrictions for each users' specific needs regarding their chronic illness.  

“We love seeing our research as faculty members come to life in a commercialized way,” Alcorn said. “Building our business has been an exciting and sometimes scary journey thus far but knowing we have people who believe in our product and company means the world.”

All Texas Tech students, faculty, and staff are eligible for the President's Innovation Startup Award. A committee of Texas Tech faculty, Hub staff, and Texas Tech facility staff determine the top applicant startups that exemplify innovation and commercialization. This award allows individuals or groups to continue to make an impact in their field as well as on students and the community. 

“We know that people with chronic health conditions can have better lives with proper nutritional management,” Alcorn said. “Therefore, we are committed to making nutritional education accessible to the masses.”