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2015 Three-in-Five Competition

Wednesday, April 15, 8:00-10:00
Meridian Ballrooms 2/3, The Commons Hotel


2015 Three-in-Five Winner Vincent Zaballa"A Novel Tissue Welding Device"

A number of needs exist for applying biocompatible glues to tissues for treatment of chronic wounds, ulcers, diffuse bleeding, and surgical sealing of organ or vessel tissue. We present a device that uses unique coaxial electrospinning for deposition of clinically relevant amounts of polymer for sealing of diverse clinical conditions. Initial results show that the device is capable of producing fine fibers associated with electrospinning and cell adhesion, as well as mass deposition to potentially induce hemostasis.

Presented by Vincent Zaballa, Texas A&M University
Vincent is a Biomedical Engineering Masters student at Texas A&M University who has collaborated with Covidien to create a novel device for therapy of various tissue malignancies. His educational and research background focused on developing novel devices for commercialization.

2015 Three-in-Five Winner Ronit Malka"An Access-Closure Device for Percutaneous Beating Heart Surgery"

Transapical cardiac procedures provide an alternative to the invasiveness of open-heart surgery and tool and maneuverability limitations of transcatheter approaches. We present a novel cardiac access-closure device for transapical procedures that is fully percutaneous, can be inserted into any area of the heart, and allows for the usage of surgical tools up to 10mm wide. Airtight seals around the tool and entire device prevent blood loss or embolisms. The device leaves little hardware behind and induces minimal trauma to tissue.

Presented by Ronit Malka, Biomedical Engineering, Harvard University
Ronit Malka is an undergraduate at Harvard University studying biomedical engineering, with a focus in mechanical engineering for medical devices. She works in the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory, and completed this project alongside three other teammates in collaboration with the Harvard Biodesign Lab.

2015 Three-in-Five Winner Mark Rentschler"Benchtop Testing of a Novel Robotic Capsule with Differential Drive Capabilities"

While colorectal cancer is a treatable disease with a relative five-year survival rate of 90% if detected in the early and localized stage, it remains the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Despite the recent efforts in wireless capsule endoscopy, the colonoscopy remains the gold standard for the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. This work focuses on the development of a wheeled robotic capsule colonoscope with differentially driven wheels to allow for more precise positioning, turning, and traction control.

Presented by Mark Rentschler, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado
Mark E. Rentschler, PhD, PE, is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Design Center Colorado in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. He also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado. His research interests are in the areas of medical mechatronics and surgical robotics design and tissue-device interaction modeling.


Panel Judges:

Bobbie Dressen, Partner, White Rock, LLC
Roberta " Bobbie" Dressen is a founding partner at White Rock, an Advisory Services group centered on innovation, strategy, and integrated data solutions to enable organic growth and sustainable change for organizations within the healthcare ecosystem.

Bobbie brings to the table over twenty five years of experience within the healthcare marketplace serving in senior leadership positions at Allina, United Health Group and Medtronic. In 2014 Ms Dressen  received recognition by  Twin Cities Business Magazine as one of the " Top Ten Corporate Women in Business in the State of Minnesota" as well as recognition by Minneapolis/ St Paul Business Journal as one of the top 50 Business Women in the State.

Archelle Geogiou, Triple Tree

Ralph Hall, University of Minnesota Law School

Bill Murray, President & CEO, Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC)
Bill joined MDIC in August of 2013 as the first President and CEO. He has over 25 years of senior leadership experience spanning the range of privately financed start-up to billion dollar plus global businesses. Bill’s small company experience spans 5 years as CEO and executive consultant, including 3 years as CEO of ReShape Medical. His large company experience includes leadership as the Molecular Biology Division President of Applied Biosystems, and at Medtronic where he spent nearly 20 years in various senior leadership positions, including President of the Pacemaker Business. Bill has also served as interim President and CEO of MTS Systems (MTSC) a public $500M industrial technology company. Bill currently serves on the Boards of MDIC, ILT, Sonex Health and Meso-FLow and previously served on the Boards of MTS Systems, LifeSync Holdings, and ReShape Medical. Bill has also served on various industry association and community leadership boards. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Florida.

Lars Oddsson, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical School, Technology Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota
Lars Oddsson, PhD, President and Co-founder of RxFunction, start-up that commercializes Walkasins™, a wearable sensory prosthetic device; holds academic appointments at University of Minnesota and Ben-Gurion University in Israel, and collaborates with NASA on procedures for balance interventions in microgravity.

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