Motion sensor for neurosurgery takes top honors in NEOvations Bench to Bedside competition

Student teams from NEOMED and other universities demonstrated their medical technologies at the NEOvations Bench to Bedside Competition, held May 1 in the Jay A. Gershen Atrium. A total of 24 teams presented their work to a panel of judges. The student teams were joined by local entrepreneurs who showcased their products in a Start-Up Spotlight. 

The NEOvations Bench to Bedside program offers students the opportunity to interact closely with mentors, such as physicians, health care providers, clinical partners and industry leaders, to identify a patient’s need at the bedside and aid in their search for an innovative medical solution for better health care outcomes.

The program goes far beyond encouraging students to conceptualize their ideas for medical technology. Rather, it pairs them with professionals such as attorneys, investors and a variety of health care professionals to learn the entire bench-to-bedside process.

Keynote speaker Raymond P. Onders, M.D. (above) (’88), professor of surgery at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, shared his insights on innovation and application of new technologies to patient care.


Congratulations to this year’s NEOvations Bench to Bedside awardees!

First Place: Sound Pass (above), a reusable motion sensor and ultrasound relay housing to assist neurosurgeons with insertion of external ventricular drains. The team: Dr. Shervin Rahimpour, Jordan Johnson, Matt Findlay, Kyril Cole and Travis Hotchkiss, University of Utah. $10,000

Second Place: Wound Flow Monitor, a wireless, ultrasonic flow meter for surgical wound drains. The team: Meredith Farrell, Yena Kong and Abigail Schwenk, 2024 graduates of the Master on Global Health and Innovation program, and Varun Raja, 2024 graduate of the Master of Leadership in Health Systems Science program. $5,000

Third Place: Degradable Staples and Delivery Device, which uses biodegradable staples primarily composed of gelatin and beeswax. The team: Jessica Cabrera, Meha Elango, Kareemat Melaiye and Makayla Scarpitti, students in the biomedical engineering program at the University of Akron, and advisors Dr. Amjay Khandelwal, University of Akron, and Dr. Justin Baker, Akron Children’s Hospital. $3,000

People’s Choice Award (team with the most votes from event guests): MolePatrol, a noninvasive approach to detecting dermatological atypias in pediatric populations using mitotic division. Team: Rama Safadi, rising M1, and Giavanna DiLoreto, Apex Dematology Skin and Surgery Center. $1,000

Mentor of the Year: James Keszenheimer, Ph.D., M.B.A., director, Master of Science in Basic and Translational Biomedicine, Innovation Track.

Thank you to the companies that joined the Kinetic Start-Up Spotlight:

  • BioMendics
  • Cerberus/Synergen
  • GPN Therapeutics
  • GRAI Med
  • Ohanyan Cardiovascular Innovations
  • SCOPE Med
  • Share+Solve
  • TritonX

The NEOvations Bench to Bedside competition is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the NEOMED Foundation, Summa Health and GAR Foundation.


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