Hamrick serves as Director of the UAB iLab at Innovation Depot - an award-winning 501(c)3 startup incubator. She has contributed to successful outcomes for several early-stage startups and is a shareholder for the cancer molecular diagnostics company: Blondin Bioscience, which recently secured Phase 1 SBIR funding from the National Institute for Health. In her extracurricular life, Hamrick is a sponsored competitive expedition athlete and spends time flying single engine prop planes at the Birmingham Flight Center.

 

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A Peek Into Birmingham’s Startup Ecosystem

A Peek Into Birmingham's Startup Ecosystem

In the 1960s, Birmingham, AL earned the nickname “The Magic City” and “Pittsburgh of the South”. The city served as a primary industrial center and, along with Atlanta, was a railroad hub in the Deep South. Its major industries were iron and steel …