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Emerging Medical Innovation Valuation Competition

Tuesday, April 16, 2:00-3:30
A.I. Johnson Great Room, McNamara Alumni Center

Organizers: Mike Finch, Children’s of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics
Randy Nelson, Evergreen Medical Technologies, Inc.

Session Abstract:

This competition is a way for researchers and inventors to get immediate feedback about their projects from leaders in medical technology research, engineering & development. The top three presenters will be awarded a full valuation from the UMN’s Medical Industry Valuation Laboratory, (regular fee for this service is $15,000). More information on the Medical Industry Valuation Laboratory and the service can be found here.


"Brace Yourself! A sensor enabled bracing system designed for young girls with scoliosis."

Isabel Newsome, Human-Computer Interaction Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
I am a first year Master’s student in the Human-Computer Interaction program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Previously I have studied Industrial and Product design in Atlanta, Georgia, and Lund, Sweden. I have worked on sponsored design projects with companies located in both the United States and Sweden, and I have participated in design challenges in the United States, Sweden, and China. In the past year, I worked closely with a professor at Georgia Tech on projects related to accessible design. I have also worked as a designer at an advertising agency and as a UX design intern at a fortune 500 company. Along with my interests in design, I am a passionate learner of languages and cultures, earning a degree certificate in the International plan during my undergraduate years.


2nd Place Winner "Laparoscopic Grasper"

Milton Aguirre, Director, Milton Medical Innovations B.V.
Milton Aguirre is an academic and industrial collaborator facilitating user-centered design to advance high social impact technologies. His creativity is devoted to interactive mechanisms that can simplify product interactions by imitating human kinetics and triggering cognitive behaviors.

Presentation Abstract: A single-piece tooltip is addressing an immediate clinical need while converging onto three business trends in the market; it is more sensitive, cost effective, and can be diametrically miniaturized without loss of performance. The technology operates on the same working principles as conventional instruments and is attachable onto the vast majority of commercial grasper handles. It can procured without added costs to the hospital, while maintaining operating room dynamics and medical supply chains.


"At-home System to Select Blood Pressure Drugs that Work for Individual Patients"

Brian Lucas, Rightis, Inc.
Brian Lucas is a practicing board-certified internal medicine physician. He successfully led a large hospital medicine group in Chicago before becoming an associate professor at The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy & Clinical Practice, where he now teaches epidemiology and biostatistics. He is a grant-funded researcher who has studied complex interventions and point-of-care devices.

Patrick Townley, Rightis, Inc.
Patrick Townley is a board-certified internal medicine physician who runs a independent primary care practice in South Minneapolis. He is a member of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. He founded Rightis, Inc, to help providers like himself more easily select drugs that work for patients.

Presentation Abstract: Individuals respond unpredictably to blood pressure drugs. Personalized 'try-and-see' trials are needed, but they are cumbersome with current systems. This is why half of patients who take blood pressure medications fail to reach their target blood pressure. Our device allows such trials to be conducted at home so that the most effective blood pressure drug can be conveniently selected for each patient.


Grand Prize Winner "Safe Manual Ventilation with the Bag Valve Mask"

Prathamesh Prabhudesai, MBID is a physician entrepreneur with a passion for building technology solutions for providing high quality and affordable healthcare. He completed his medical training at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and a professional healthcare innovation program from Georgia Tech and Emory School of Medicine. Currently, he is working on commercialization of his medical device startup and is an Entrepreneur In Residence at a Venture Capital Firm.

Haris Shekhani, MBID is a medical doctor with a professional masters degree in biomedical innovation and development; Biomedical Engineering. 8+ years of clinical research experience (38 total publications), 4+ years of project management experience, 3+ years of product management exsperience. 5+ years of small business experience.

Presentation Abstract: An affordable and user-friendly accessory to the Bag Valve Mask that controls air pressure and delivers feedback to the provider, thus reinforcing the correct technique of manual ventilation.


3rd Place Winner "SD-Collar, Wearable Non-invasive Medical Device for the Treatment of the Voice Disorder Spasmodic Dysphonia"

Arash Mahnan, Ph.D. Student, Human Sensorimotor Control Lab, University of Minnesota
Arash is a Ph.D. student in Biomechanics and Neuromotor Control at the Human Sensorimotor Control Lab, University of Minnesota. His work focuses on the design and development of medical devices and sensorimotor evaluation and training. Arash is a biomedical engineer by training and interested in incorporating his engineering expertise to advance clinical science and to bridge the gap between these disciplines.

Presentation Abstract: Spasmodic dysphonia (SD) is an incurable voice disorder that leads to strained or choked speech. Our research results indicated that voice quality in SD improves by applying vibro-tactile stimulation (VTS) over the larynx. SD-collar as a non-invasive wearable device aims to improve voice quality in SD individuals by implementing speech detection and VTS technologies.


"Utilizing Vein Tap to Mitigate Difficult Venipunctures"

Craig Tromborg, Inventor, Creative Engineering Technologies
Craig Tromborg has a BSME from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from Minnesota State University Mankato. His professional experience includes the design and development of acoustic devices, Design and Operations management.

Presentation Abstract: This device utilizes vacuum to optimize a targeted vein to improve the reliability of cannulation. The vein is engorged, laterally stabilized, physically aligned to the cannulating needle, and oriented to minimize needle blowing of the targeted vein.

Competition Judges:

Paul Gam, Zurich Medical
Karen Kaehler, University of Minnesota
Greg Peterson, University of Minnesota

Related Sessions:

Student Design Showcase
Three-in-Five Competition

Registration Opens Jan 2020

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