The winners of BMEidea 2010 were announced today, at the MD&M trade show in New York City. In first place, winning $10,000, is the Rapid Hypothermia Induction Device team from Johns Hopkins University.
Second place and $2,500 went to the Low-cost Ventilator (OneBreath) team from Stanford University. Third place and $1,000 went to the Natural Orifice Volume Enlargement (NOVEL) Device team from University of Cincinnati.
Read more about the finalists and see their prototypes here.
The Medical Device Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program (MDIEP) at the University of Cincinnati is an interdisciplinary graduate program that focuses on addressing real-life clinical problems. Design teams from the program have been recognized by the BMEIdea and ASME I-Show competitions. The program currently operates on funding from industry sponsors.
This grant will bring forth a new PSM program that will be in partnership with the MDIEP. Team members will survey their respective departments for applicable courses so that each discipline can communicate its strengths and visions. In addition, a lecture series broadening participation in the current MDEIP program will be established.
This grant supports the development of a two-quarter undergraduate-level honors course entitled "Entrepreneurship through Innovative Interdisciplinary Projects in Technology and Community Service" to be offered in spring and fall 2007. The course entails student E-Teams partnering with a nonprofit agency to develop solutions to specific issues the agency faces. Once solutions are devised, E-Teams will assess the technical and commercial viability of the solutions themselves. The course will be taught by seven faculty members from four disciplines. During the initial implementation of the course, both students and faculty will attend a private seminar each quarter at Eureka! Ranch, a private think tank with a focus on innovation, marketing and personal leadership.
Last week they won the second place award (and $2,500) at NCIIA's BMEidea biomedical engineering competition in New York. A couple of days later, the University of Cincinnati's SurgiSIL team picked up third place and another $5,000 at the ASME Innovation Showcase, held in Palm Desert, CA.
The winners were:
1st place ($10,000) - Rice University's PRIME team
2nd place ($7,000) - MIT's Solar ORC team
3rd place ($5,000) - University of Cincinnati's SurgiSIL team.
Over the next ten years, more than 73 million vaccinations will be given to children under the age of five. For most of these children, receiving an injection will be a traumatic experience due to the pain. This pain can be attributed to the size of the needle and the speed with which the medicine is injected. As a child receives additional vaccinations, they often develop a psychological aversion toward injections. Eventually, just the sight of a needle can elicit a fearful response from the child. The parents are often just as emotionally affected as their children.
The Painless Injection Device, or PID, is a revolutionary and innovative product that eliminates the trauma associated with vaccinations. With the PID, the needle is hidden from sight, its diameter is below the threshold for sensing its insertion, and the medication injection speed (one to five minutes) is below the threshold of pain. This E-Team from the University of Cincinnati believes the PID has enormous potential to positively alter the lives of millions of children and their parents.