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2014 Three-in-Five Competition

Wednesday, April 9, 8:00-10:00
Meridian Ballrooms 2-4, The Commons Hotel


2014 Three-in-Five Winner Joshua Gafford

"Monolithic Fabrication of Millimeter-Scale Surgical Devices with Integrated Sensing"

To meet the demand for next-generation millimetric medical end-effectors, we are developing a versatile fabrication process, based on printed circuit board manufacturing techniques, to create monolithic, kinematically complex, three-dimensional machines in parallel at the millimeter to centimeter scales. We present an application of this manufacturing process in the creation of a microsurgical grasper with integrated force sensing, capable of manipulating objects and resolving gripping forces with 5 mN resolution.

Presented by Joshua Gafford, Mechanical Engineering, Harvard University
Joshua Gafford is a mechanical engineering PhD student in the BioDesign Laboratory at Harvard University. His research focuses on advanced manufacturing of millimeter-scaled medical devices with integrated sensing and actuation. He earned his MSME from Stanford University and his BSME from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


2014 Three-in-Five Winner Carl Nelson"Mobility-Enhancing Fall-Prevention Device for Physical Rehabilitation"

Personal mobility is a critical component of health and well-being. Regular physical activity is important for musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health. For the elderly or following injury or illness, a walker may be necessary to ensure safe mobility. However, problems with balance or control can make its use difficult. We present a special walker for enhancing stability using a passively triggered braking system. This device may allow users to become more confident in their mobility and achieve improved general fitness.

Presented by Carl Nelson, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Carl Nelson is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a joint appointment in the Department of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.


2014 Three-in-Five Winner Paxton Maeder-York"Biologically Inspired Soft Robot for Thumb Rehabilitation"

The soft robotic thumb rehabilitation system presented here is a task-oriented therapeutic device that replicates and restores correct thumb motor function for patients with neurologically caused hand disabilities.

Presented by Paxton Maeder-York, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Paxton Maeder-York is a current senior at Harvard University studying biomechanical engineering. He is going to work at a micro-surgical robotics start-up in San Francisco after graduating and is looking forward to continuing his interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. (Pictured Alperen Degirmenci, Harvard University accepting on behalf of Paxton Maeder-York)


Panel Judges:

Micheal Hoey, NxThera, Inc.

Danny Sachs, DSVentures
Danny is a physician entrepreneur. He founded or cofounded several venture-backed device companies in the Twin Cities, including Respicardia, Kspine, Mainstay, and Amphora. He was previously an investor with Investor Growth Capital and served as Instructor in Medicine in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Tim Laske, Vice President of Research and Business Development, Medtronic AF Solutions
Tim has a BS in both Biological Sciences and Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He received his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota where he serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor. He is a Medtronic Bakken Fellow and Technical Fellow and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.  

Jack Stubbs, Associate Program Director CREST/SimPORTAL, University of Minnesota
Jack Stubbs joined the CREST/SimPORTAL group at the University of Minnesota Medical School in October 2012, as an Associate Program Director. He is responsible for developing and maintaining the Human Tissue Characterization and Database to be used with simulation and synthetic base tissue interactions. He is also Principal Scientist leading the Airway simulator development program. Previously he was the CEO/President of IP Technologies LLC (IPT), a company successfully developing Innovative surgical products with over 45 issued patents and currently two families of surgical products in the market. The Airseal trocar System and the Anchorport Trocar system.

Mike Finch, Acting Director, Medical Industry Leadership Institute Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Dr. Finch is the acting director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota where he is the co-administrator of the Institute’s Valuation Lab. He is widely known for his work on the cost, quality and financing of health care in public and private markets.

Ross Meisner, Dymedex Consulting, LLC
Ross is co-founder and Managing Partner of Dymedex Consulting, a recognized leader in understanding medical market dynamics. Ross has 26 years of experience building high-tech companies: he has co-founded four start-ups, managed two international joint ventures, and directed international market development at Medtronic. His experience spans medical technology, management consulting, internet financial services, and the semiconductor industry.

Randy Schiestl, VP, Global Technology, Boston Scientific
Randall (Randy) Schiestl, PMP, is the Vice President, R&D, Global Technology at Boston Scientific Corporation where he leads a team of talented R&D engineers and scientists to develop and sustain a broad family of minimally invasive medical devices. He also leads the Global Technical Executive Committee at Boston Scientific. Randy has a BSME degree from the University of Minnesota, college of Science & Engineering, high distinction He also holds MBA and Executive MBA degrees from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Randy serves on multiple local and national industry advisory boards and consortiums including the Medical Devices Industry Consortium, the Medical Industry Leadership Institute, UMN Heart Advisory Committee, AHA Twin Cities Board, Life Science Alley, FIRST Robotics and UMN Biomedical, Medical Device Center, Nanotechnology IABs. He received the 2011 UMAA Alumni Service Award from the University of Minnesota, College of Science & Engineering and the Design of Medical Devices Conference Award in 2012.

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