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2016 Three-in-Five Competition

Wednesday, April 13, 8:00-10:00
Meridian Ballrooms 2/3, The Commons Hotel


2016 Three-in-Five Winner Dennis Trumble"A Muscle-powered Counterpulsation Device for Tether-free Cardiac Support: Form and Function"

Short-term use of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has been shown to reverse the effects of congestive heart failure, a devastating condition that will ultimately afflict one in every five Americans. When used for permanent support however, LVAD therapy has been limited by serious complications caused by percutaneous drivelines and blood contacting surfaces. This presentation describes a non-blood-contacting muscle-powered LVAD system that avoids the limitations of current devices used for long-term circulatory support.

Presented by Dennis Trumble, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Professor Trumble's professional career to date has focused on the design and development of implantable medical devices, mostly for cardiac assist purposes. Devices for which he holds patents include the TandemHeart centrifugal blood pump, a muscle energy converter, and a torsion-based cardiac assist device. His current research is focused on developing these innovative devices to realize their clinical impact.


2016 Three-in-Five Winner Steven Reinitz"A Device for Enabling Placement of Intra-Osseous Infusion Tools"

A key treatment strategy for Ebola Virus is rehydration of the patient, but risks of disease transmission and challenges in needle placement make traditional IV lines a suboptimal approach. In 90 days, an alignment guide for placement of an intra-osseous infusion device has been developed, prototyped, and tested with positive results. This device has the potential to provide lifesaving capability to anyone in the world in need of rapid rehydration, under even the most challenging of environmental conditions.

Presented by Steven Reinitz, Senior Innovation Fellow, Medical Devices Center, University of Minnesota
Steve is a Senior Innovation Fellow at the UMN Medical Devices Center, and a co-founder and Principal at IOMETRY, Inc. He is a graduate of Dartmouth’s first in the nation engineering PhD Innovation Program, and a veteran researcher in the Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center’s implant retrieval program. Steve has developed devices for anesthesia delivery, emergency medicine, orthopaedics, and surgery.


2016 Three-in-Five Winner Gary Goldish"Design of an Ergonomic Wheelchair Drive System for Improved Shoulder Biomechanics"

Presented by Gary Goldish, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, University of Minnesota
There are a reported 1.5 million manual wheelchair users in the United States. Current manual wheelchair propulsion is achieved via hand rims that are connected directly to the drive wheels. Wheelchair drive wheels need to be placed behind the user’s center of mass to prevent backward tipping. However, shoulder muscle stress and metabolic cost are minimized when the hand rim axle is located anterior to the shoulders. Thus, current manual wheelchair designs do not allow optimal hand rim positions for shoulder health and function, potentially leading to chronic overuse injury and pain.

In 2014, the Minneapolis VA Health Care System made a proof-of-concept wheelchair demonstrating the separation of drive wheel and hand rim through the use of a chain drive. The purpose of this project was to design a refined prototype wheelchair that would meet the following main goals: 1. Independent/ergonomic positioning of hand rims; 2. Direct coupling of hand rim motion to drive wheels; 3. Removable hand rims to facilitate lateral transfer


Panel Judges:

Competition Chair: Bryce Beverlin II, Medical Devices Center, University of Minnesota

Scott Augustine, CEO, Augustine Biomedical + Design

David Black, Patent Attorney, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

Bryan Clark, Principal R&D Specialist, Corporate Research, Boston Scientific Corporation
Bryan has over 10 years of experience in various roles with Boston Scientific. His current focus in Corporate Research is on developing new solutions and fostering growth in white space areas. In prior roles, he was a core team member and engineer devoted to developing and commercializing new next-generation cardiac pacing leads.

David Darrow, House Staff, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota
Dr. Darrow is a neurosurgery resident at the University of Minnesota. He is interested in functional neurosurgery and is specifically focused on epilepsy, pain, movement disorders, and neuropsychiatric diseases. He seeks a novel approach towards these foci with neuroinformatics and validated, model-based methods. He is interested in both invasive and noninvasive neuromodulation and is completing a neuromodulation fellowship in transcranial focused ultrasound.

Mike Finch, Principal at Finch & King, Inc.; Executive in Residence, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Michael Hoey, Co-founder, Director, CTO, NxThera Inc.
Michael is a former academician at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University, now he’s a serial entrepreneur. He co-founded Tsunami Medical, a private intellectual property holding company, along with six medical products companies, one agricultural company, and a venture capital firm. He previously licensed/developed  technology into two start-ups that were acquired: Salient Surgical (now Medtronic) and Vessix Vascular (now Boston Scientific), and into NuVasive that went through an IPO.

Tom KraMer, President and CEO, Kablooe Design
Tom has been a product innovator for over 25 years, and holds a Certificate in Master of Product Development at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design at MCAD. He also holds a certificate from Stanford University for the Cardiovascular System in Health and Disease. He has created revenue for countless customers by delivering innovative product solutions to their portfolios. Tom spearheaded the D3 Process™ (Design Driven Development)™, a vehicle to provide these results to customers, and he teaches this process by traveling as a lecturer and speaking about innovation and development processes.

Theoden Netoff, Associate Professor, Dept. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minneota
Prof. Netoff is interested in developing approaches to tuning and improving deep brain stimulation for treatment of Parkinson's Disease and epilepsy

Kate Taylor, VP of Engineering, Entarik
Kate is a 20 year veteran of the medical device industry. Much of this time was spent at Medtronic where she was a technical and people leader in corporate R&D. Currently, Kate is VP of Engineering at Entarik, a startup company developing novel smart medical devices related to the delivery of nutrition to hospitalized patients. Additionally, as an alumnus of the Innovation Fellows program, she is collaborating with the Medical Devices Center on clinical and translational research projects. Kate holds a PhD in Materials Science and is an inventor on 16 patents.

Meghan Thorne, Project Manager, Devicix by Nortech
Meghan has over 14 years of medical device experience, 4 of which in new product development, and holds a PhD and BMSc in Biophysics Medical Biophysics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. In 2014 she was a Senior Innovation Fellow at the Medical Devices Center, UMN. She is an innovative hands-on Project Manager with a unique depth and breadth of experience and acknowledged technical specialization in medical devices, including minimally invasive surgical robotics and advanced instrumentation, surgical simulation, medical imaging, fluid dynamics, and lactation devices.

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