After a year of preparation – two years in some cases – students were eager to demonstrate the medical technology they have developed at the NEOvations Bench to Bedside Competition, held July 21 in the Jay A. Gershen Atrium. A total of 17 teams presented their work to a panel of judges, with five of those being “legacy” teams that continued their work in the Bench to Bedside program for a second year.
(Keep an eye on The Pulse for profiles on the legacy teams.)
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 a medical solution.
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.
Congratulations to this year’s four awardees!
First place: “Click it and stick it,” a nasogastric tube for pediatric patients
(medical lead: Parker Kim, M3) $10,000
Second place: The Monarch, a customizable warming device to prevent perineal tears during childbirth (medical lead: Alice Dalo, M3) $5,000
Third place: The Clinical Research Search Engine (CRSE), a search engine specifically designed for pre-clinical and clinical researchers (medical lead: Muhammad Islam and Phaedra Norrell, Kent State University) $3,000
People’s choice award (team with the most votes from event guests):
Nyano Nani, a portable and easy-to-use baby warming device and collaboration between NEOMED and the Nepal Innovation Center (medical leads: Nik Brzezinski, M3, Scott Everett, M3, and Zoya Khan, M3) $1,000