Company Founded by NJMS Student Entrepreneurs Receives Investment to Develop Study App

Newark, NJ--Dan Nguyen and Gerard D’Onofrio didn’t enter Rutgers New Jersey Medical School with the intention of becoming tech entrepreneurs. But thanks to the school’s Distinction Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and their own hard work, that’s what happened.

The two students founded DuelPrep Inc., a startup company working to develop an interactive app to help medical students and physicians study for the medical board exams. DuelPrep received an investment of $57,000 from HealthStartNJ to support this endeavor. , established by New Jersey Health Foundation (NJHF) to support student ventures at universities with which it has affiliations.

Nguyen and D’Onofrio, fourth-year Rutgers NJMS students and recent Rutgers Business School MBA graduates, are in the NJMS Distinction Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. This program is designed to encourage students to pursue novel ideas that will improve patient safety and health outcomes, support the growth of digital medicine, advance medical education, or further research in a given field. 

Through the app, participants can engage in either single player practice modes or multiplayer games as they prepare for the standardized exam, which they’ll need to pass before being permitted to practice medicine in the US. “The DuelPrep mobile application offers a time efficient, affordable approach to studying using test questions representative of those on the actual exams,” says George F. Heinrich, MD, vice chair and CEO of HealthStartNJ and NJMS dean of admissions.

HealthStartNJ was established by New Jersey Health Foundation (NJHF) to support student ventures at universities with which it has affiliations. It funds students involved in health-related research, projects or programs at Kessler Foundation, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Rowan University, Rutgers University and Stevens Institute of Technology. DuelPrep is HealthStartNJ’s first financial investment.