facebook
twitter
search
search

University of Utah student teams invent innovative medical devices

The teams had six months and $500 to do their research, evaluate the intellectual property, make a prototype and write a business plan.
By Alex Cukan   |   April 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

SALT LAKE CITY, April 14 (UPI) -- Twelve student teams from the University of Utah were awarded more than $70,000 in prize money for inventing innovative medical devices to improve patient care or reduce pain.

The Bench-to-Bedside program combines medical students, engineering students and business students into teams that produce “start-up” companies to identify and solve an unmet medical need. The student teams are mentored by more than 100 University of Utah physicians.

The teams had six months and $500 to do their research, evaluate the intellectual property, make a prototype and write a business plan.

“In a world driven by healthcare innovation, Bench-to-Bedside gives completely inexperienced students an opportunity to form a dynamic team composed of business, engineering and medical students centered on a medical problem," Patrick Loftus, a University of Utah medical student and student president of Bench-to-Bedside, said in a statement.

"There is currently no better opportunity for a student to prototype a product, develop a company, file a patent and receive national attention -- all within a year."

The grand prize winning team developed an anti-infective intraocular -- into the eye -- needle, which reduces the risk of infection. Intraocular injections often result in infections, which can lead to blindness or eye loss. The anti-infective intraocular needle reduces intraocular infection.

Other winners included: a cost-effective screening tool to detect vascular leak in the eye, a smartphone app and software to improve the hospital discharge process, and an otoscope -- instrument to examine the ear canal and ear drum -- design, which allows healthcare providers to measure temperature, examine the ear canal and extract debris while maintaining an unobstructed view of the ear canal simultaneously.

[University of Utah]

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Females with childhood ADHD at double the risk for obesity
Medicaid-paid births up in Texas since defunding Planned Parenthood
New ethics standards for DNA replacement therapies
New screening method detects all cystic fibrosis mutations
Esophageal cooling device helps doctors control body temperature