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Screening Probe System for Coronary Artery Disease

Case Western Reserve University, 2000 - $20,000

This grant supported the prototyping, further development, and commercialization planning of a gamma imaging system to assess the risk of coronary artery disease. The system, based on new gamma imaging sensor technology, is intended to compete with existing technologies such as stress testing, EKG and ECT imaging by providing a lower-cost, higher-resolution test.

Update: The team has incorporated as NeoMed Technologies, secured two patents and received over $700k in funding.

Case Western Reserve University Public Health Entrepreneurship Program

Case Western Reserve University, 2005 - $28,000

While entrepreneurship is generally associated with the initiation of new, profit-seeking enterprises, the opportunistic and innovative nature of entrepreneurial pursuit could also prove enormously beneficial to public health initiatives. Faculty from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, collaborating with the Science Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), are developing the nation's first Public Health Entrepreneurship Program (PHEP) at Case Western Reserve University. The PHEP develops public health scientists empowered to create ventures and grow them successfully, either as entrepreneurs or "intrapreneurs" within established organizations. The PHEP initiative consists of three new courses in Public Health Entrepreneurship, available to all Case Western students, as well as alterations in the existing Capstone course for PHEP students, a PHEP seminar supporting new ventures, integration and collaboration with faculty and students in the SEP, and a Public Health Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund, which provides seed money to support innovative technology and research for public health entrepreneurship projects.

Students participate in the program through a fifteen-credit-hour certificate program, a track in the Master's in Public Health program, or the completion of the existing MBA/MPH program with an emphasis on public health entrepreneurship. E-Teams, encouraged to develop in each PHEP course, form around student and faculty interests. Student innovations are supported by PHEP leadership and management training as well as resources in the Schools of Medicine and Management. Each PHEP student has a mentor from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics or the School of Medicine, and is connected with other mentors through the SEP's Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program.

Restructuring Graduate Programs in Science Entrepreneurship

Case Western Reserve University, 2005 - $6,500

Over the past five years Case Western Reserve has pioneered innovative graduate programs in science entrepreneurship. The programs, called collectively the Science Entrepreneurship Programs (SEP), are a collaboration between the Weatherhead School of Management and the College of Arts and Sciences. The programs (in physics, statistics, biology, and chemistry) have been rated among the top ten entrepreneur programs in the world by the Financial Times. However, with the appointment of a new dean to the business school, 80 percent of the entrepreneurship faculty abruptly left the university. The business school is rebuilding its entrepreneurship faculty, but with a different emphasis. The College of Arts and Sciences has committed to maintaining the SEP, and, with this NCIIA project, is helping restructure and strengthen the program.

The goal is to modify the curriculum and review and improve existing SEP practices outside of the core courses. Part of the curriculum modification is to include a practical overview of business principals, including accounting, budgeting, marketing and analysis in one of the program's required courses. Another component of the two-year master's program is the formation of E-Teams. E-Teams are formed with students, mentors and established businesses. The Commercialization Agent Program matches students with researchers, companies, and/or investment firms to help in developing entrepreneurial ideas. SEP hopes to expand and formalize the role of the Commercialization Agent to help recruit more outside partners to match with E-Teams.

SEP will also develop programs that involve people from the business and high-tech communities in the courses, as guest speakers, entrepreneur-in-residence, etc. Other improvements include increasing ties to local organizations dedicated to global awareness and encouraging students to volunteer as business plan coaches in inner-city Cleveland schools.

Bringing Unique Nanosatellite Solutions Down To Earth

Case Western Reserve University, 2002 - $20,000

Nanostar Technologies is a startup company with a unique nanosatellite-based technology developed at Taylor University in Upland, IN. This grant focused on developing a prototype that can transfer small amounts of data from remote locations on a non-time critical basis. The team's unit was equipped to sense the tank level of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and report the information to an LPG distributor. This enabled distributors to optimize their operations efficiently and save money on their primary costs of doing business (gasoline, labor and truck maintenance) by cutting down on the number of deliveries made each year.

AHS Hydrofoils: It's a New Generation

Case Western Reserve University, 2003 - $18,000

Recreational power boats consume a large amount of fuel, with a typical thirty-foot boat yielding efficiencies of only two miles per gallon. The hydrofoil, a wing-like device that extends under the boat and lifts the hull out of the water, reduces drag and can potentially double the miles per gallon efficiency while improving seaworthiness and aesthetic appeal.

The AHS Hydrofoil E-Team developed a retractable hydrofoil system that increases the fuel efficiency of cruiser-type pleasure boats up to fifty feet in length. Retractable foils can be lifted out of the water when not in use, enabling easier cleaning, shallow water navigation, and the option of cruising in displacement mode. AHS is the first company to develop and produce a retractable hydrofoil system.

The NSH Keg Wrap

Case Western Reserve University, 2003 - $20,000

The NSH Keg Wrap E-Team developed an electric wrap that keeps kegs cool without ice. The portable product, which wraps around any keg and can be plugged in to any household outlet, employs the Peltier Effect: the ability to cool or heat a material by passing a current through the junction of two different conductors.

The team intends to target beer distributors, who will then rent the Keg Wrap to consumers. They have calculated a potential market of over 2,500 beer wholesalers in the US.

The Wi-Fi Enabled Portable Internet Radio

Case Western Reserve University, 2004 - $18,500

This E-Team developed a Wi-fi-enabled portable internet radio. The device is a standard MP3 player with the added ability to access internet radio through existing Wi-fi networks. The operating system for the device has a plug-in that is essentially a streamlined web browser with access to one internet site, created by the team, that provides links to all available internet radio stations (estimated at 10,000 in 2002).

There are no portable internet radio devices on the market. Satellite radio is the only similar service; satellite radio, however, offers 122-125 channels depending on the provider, and has content very similar to traditional radio. On the other hand, thousands of internet radio stations are in existence, offering a much more diverse selection of music.

Off Nicotine Smoking Cessation Program for Primary Care Settings

Case Western Reserve University, 2005 - $17,800

This E-Team developed a comprehensive tobacco cessation program that can be used by doctors and nurses in everyday primary health care situations. At the moment doctors typically spend little time trying to convince patients that smoke to quit due to constraints on time and the lack of an efficient, effective cessation program tailored to the clinical setting. The team’s program is an adaptation of one they developed and successfully implemented at Case Western, called the “Off (Officially free from) Nicotine” program. The Off program includes four weekly group sessions for smokers that focus on 1) self-assessment; 2) a personal strategic plan for quitting; 3) the cessation session; and 4) relapse prevention. This project allowed for adaptation of the support group format into shorter, individual counseling sessions run by doctors and nurses during regular office visits. Specifically, the team’s program includes: a workbook for smokers, with contents based around the smoker’s cessation strategy; the employment of a five-step cognitive restructuring procedure, based on a successful four-step procedure used to change behavior in Obsessive Compulsive Disease patients; relaxation techniques involving self-hand and self-ear massage to diminish symptoms of withdrawal; the use of Exhaled Carbon Monoxide (Ex CO) monitors to measure the level of one of the toxic agents in tobacco smoke present in the smoker’s body, and to track their progress; and lastly, the development of technology to allow for palmtop/tablet audio administration of the smoker’s clinical information, which results in an automatically generated report available to the physician before he enters the room.

Screening Probe System for Coronary Artery Disease

Case Western Reserve University, 2000 - $20,000

This grant supported the prototyping, further development, and commercialization planning of a gamma imaging system to assess the risk of coronary artery disease. The system, based on new gamma imaging sensor technology, is intended to compete with existing technologies such as stress testing, EKG and ECT imaging by providing a lower-cost, higher-resolution test.

Update: The team has incorporated as NeoMed Technologies, secured two patents and received over $700k in funding.
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