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2011 Three-in-Five Competition

Wednesday AM Plenary Session, April 13, 7:15-8:45
Ballrooms A-D, Radisson University Hotel


Competition Presenters:


Presented by Thomas Lipoma, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This paper presents a shirt embedded with simple capacitive sensors that accurately monitors the respiration of a sleeping person through chest expansion. It will also discuss a software package that, when coupled with this device, can determine sleep stages from the acquired data. Current sleep studies are the only medically accepted form of sleep health detection and diagnosis; due to the relatively high price of these studies, only persons with breathing-related disorders are referred to them. These studies depend on polysomnography, the use of various bodily signals for sleep detection; patients are often connected to over twenty sensors ranging from brain wave electrodes to blood oxygen trackers. The Somnus shirt is a comfortable, low-cost solution that could be used in the patientís regular sleep setting. Through some preliminary testing, our respiration-monitoring prototype was able to produce respiration data similar to that of sensors employed in current sleep labs while achieving a higher level of comfort for the user; also, the software package was able to analyze sleep with accuracy comparable to current sleep laboratory technicians.

2011 Three-in-Five Winner Thomas Cervantes"Innovative Renal Cooling Device for Use in Minimally Invasive Surgery"

Presented by Thomas Cervantes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Over 58,000 patients suffer from renal cell carcinoma annually in the US. Treatment for this cancer often requires surgical removal of the cancerous tissue in a partial nephrectomy procedure. In open renal surgery, the kidney is placed on ice to increase allowable ischemia time; however there is no widely accepted method for reducing kidney temperature during minimally invasive surgery. A novel device has been designed, prototyped, and evaluated to perform effective renal cooling during minimally invasive kidney surgery to reduce damage due to extended ischemia. The device is a fluid-containing bag with foldable cooling surfaces that wrap around the organ like a taco shell. It is deployed through a 12mm trocar, wrapped around the kidney and secured using bulldog clamps. The device then fills with an ice slurry and remains on the kidney for up to 20 minutes. The ice slurry is then removed from the device and the device is retracted from the body. Tests of the prototype show that the device successfully cools porcine kidneys from 37 C to 20 C in under 5 minutes.


Panel Judges:

Ben Arcand, American Medical Systems
Currently, Ben Arcand is a Principal R&D Engineer at American Medical Systems designing new medical devices and looking into untapped market opportunities as part of their newly formed Product Discovery group.  Ben recently completed a post-doc fellowship at the UM Medical Devices Center where he spent a year innovating medical technologies.  Ben has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech where he developed an articulated surgical tool for cochlear electrode implantation.  Previously, he had worked as a Senior R&D Engineer at Boston Scientific for four years and has been amongst their top intellectual property inventors with over 26 patents pending.  In his leisure time, Ben enjoys the outdoors and has thru-hiked the entire 2100 mile Appalachian Trail.

Dawn Bardot, Medical Devices Center, University of Minnesota       
Dawn Bardot is currently an Innovation Fellow at the Medical Devices Center, University of Minnesota. Dr. Bardot has a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. She has authored over 20 publications, is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers serving as vice-chair of Verification and Validation in Computation Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer Committee and is active in the creation of the Committee on Verification and Validation in Computational Methods for Medical Devices. 

Michael Dahl, Medical Devices Center, University of Minnesota
Michael Dahl is currently an Innovation Fellow at the Medical Devices Center, University of Minnesota. Having done research in areas ranging from shark sensory anatomy to genetic microarrays, Michael tailored his graduate work to the research and development of medical devices, with particular emphasis in Biomechanics. Michael Dahl holds a BA in Physics from the University of Puget Sound and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Michael has also received a Masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is currently pursuing a MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

Gwenyth Fischer, Medical Devices Center, University of Minnesota
Gwenyth Fischer is currently an Innovation Fellow at the Medical Devices Center, University of Minnesota. She is also a board certified pediatrician and current medical fellow at the University of Minnesota in Pediatric Critical Care. Dr. Fischer received her Bachelor of Arts at Vassar College in New York with a focus in Cognitive Sciences, and continued to medical school at Loyola University in Chicago. Current research and device development interests include pediatric specific devices with cardiovascular, renal, oncologic and transplant applications. 

Joe Hale, Conventus Orthopaedics
Joe Hale currently holds the position of Principal Engineer/Consultant at Conventus Orthopaedics. He is a former Innovation Fellow for the Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota as well. He attended graduate school at Clemson University (MS, bioengineering) and the University of Iowa (PhD, biomedical engineering).

Eric Little, American Medical Systems
Eric Little is currently a Princial R&D Engineer at American Medical Systems. He is also a former Innovation Fellow of the Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota. Eric's education includes a Bachelors in Business and PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Technological University as well as a Juris Doctor in law from William Mitchell College of Law with an intellectual property focus.

Kiyoyuki Miyasaka, MD, Medical Devices Center Senior Innovation Fellow
Dr. Kiyoyuki Miyasaka is a practicing anesthesiologist from Tokyo, Japan joining the Medical Devices Center for the 2010-2011 Innovation Fellows Program.He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Swarthmore College, where he led the school's Hybrid Electric Vehicle team. Kiyoyuki then joined Masimo Corporation in Irvine, CA as an engineer, where he was involved with the prototyping and testing of new pulse oximetry sensor products.Dr. Miyasaka returned to Japan to pursue a medical degree at Shinshu University in Nagano prefecture, completing a two-year junior residency at Aizawa Hospital, the region's busiest emergency center. He then started a senior residency in anesthesia at the prestigious St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo, Japan.

John Scandurra, Aria CV, Inc.
John Scandurra is the CEO of Aria CV, Inc. as well as a former Innovation Fellow of the Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota. He has twenty years of engineering and medical experience and holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. John graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and obtained advanced training in cardiology from the University of Sydney.

Christopher Scorzelli, MD, Medical Innovation Director, Kablooe Design
Christopher Scorzelli, M.D. is the Medical Innovation Director at Kablooe Design, where he works to invent new medical devices. Dr. Scorzelli is a physician by training, a self taught engineer, and an artist at heart. He has over eleven years of experience in everything from molecular biology to Home Hospice to art. His career experiences have included fellowships at the National Institutes of Health and Medical Devices Center (U. of MN), as well as numerous research and clinical work experiences in start-up genomic , biotech, and medtech companies. Dr. Scorzelli also owned and operated C2: Creative.Craftsmanship, through which he marketed and sold his art work and designed and executed home renovations and repairs. Beyond his own inventing (>20 provisional patents) Dr. Scorzelli has made it his mission to promote innovation and entrepreneurship to all ages in MN and currently is involved with organizations such as "The Medical Devices Center" (U. of MN), "FIRST Robotics", "The Works", "The G.R.I.T", "DesignWise" and "MOJO Minnesota" that share this mission. Dr. Scorzelli also holds a BS degree in Chemistry in addition to his Doctorate of Medicine.

Karl Vollmers, Aria CV, Inc.
Karl Vollmers is currently the Co-Founder and VP of R&D at Aria CV, Inc. Karl received a BA in Physics from Carleton College and subsequently received a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He also received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota where he was employed as a post-doctoral fellow before starting his position as an Innovation Fellow for the Medical Devices Center, the position he held before co-founding Aria CV, Inc.

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