Student Innovation Up Close at the NEOvations Bench to Bedside Inaugural Competition

A “bone break” surgical kit to make surgeries on broken bones more efficient.  

A blood filtration system that greatly reduces the chances of post-surgery infections. 

A device to ensure that medical professionals are practicing proper hand hygiene throughout the day.

These are just a few of the student-generated real-world solutions to gaps in patient care that will be on display at the NEOvations Bench to Bedside project showcase 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, in the Jay A. Gershen Atrium.

NEOvations: Bench to Bedside launched at NEOMED in fall 2020 to teach students how to identify patient needs at bedside and to develop, then commercialize, medical devices and other technology solutions to meet those needs. The program connects students with investors, attorneys and leaders in the health care community to go through the steps of taking a product from a researcher’s bench to a patient’s bedside – building entrepreneurship skills along the way. 

Taking the lead

Guided through the seven-month program by Fayez Safadi, Ph.D., a researcher, entrepreneur and professor of anatomy and neurobiology at NEOMED, students from NEOMED teamed up with students from the University of Akron School of Law, the Cleveland State Biomedical Engineering program and the Kent State University Biomedical Science program.   

Student leaders of the Bench to Bedside program are Phoebe Otchere, a second-year College of Medicine student, president; Tayleur Streat, a graduate student in biomedical engineering at Cleveland State University, engineering chair and vice president; Doson Nguyen, a law student at the University of Akron, law chair; and Timothy Nagy, an M.B.A. candidate at Cleveland State University, treasurer.  

Event details

Admission to the Aug. 12 showcase is free. Hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets will be provided to  those who register in advance

The student teams will be available throughout the evening to discuss their projects with attendees. Students interested in joining the next cohort of NEOvations Bench to Bedside will have the opportunity to learn more at the event. They may also contact Hope Ball at  

Register for the NEOvations Bench to Bedside showcase Thursday, Aug. 12 at Jay A. Gershen Atrium

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