VentureWell announces winners of the 2017 BMEidea biomedical and bioengineering invention competition

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VentureWell awarded three student teams $17,500 in our 2017 BMEidea competition. BMEidea is the nation’s premier competition for biomedical and bioengineering innovation, open to both graduate and undergraduate students. It challenges young innovators to pioneer a health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need.

Prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 were awarded to the top three winners at the MD&M East Conference on June 13-15 in New York. VentureWell congratulates these three teams that have won the 2017 BMEidea awards.

1st Place: Phoenix-Aid, University of Virginia
Phoenix-Aid is a safe, cost-effective, and comprehensive wound care dressing designed to prevent infection and accelerate the wound healing process of chronic wounds, specifically diabetic foot ulcers.

2nd Place: PalateGen, University of Cincinnati
PalateGen is a home health therapy device capable of soothing teething infants and promoting bone growth in those with cleft palate deformities. This is achieved through the application of a vibrational stimulus to the affected areas.

3rd Place: FluiSure, Northwestern University
FluiSure is a non-invasive, wearable device that is capable of automatically measuring fluid gains in (End Stage Renal Disease) ESRD patients. FluiSure’s technology will empower them to take control of their chronic condition and to stay out of the hospital.

Honorable Mention: iSurgery, University of Michigan
iSurgery incorporates near field lighting, peripheral lighting, and a working forceps into a single instrument to increase surgical efficiency and improve outcomes.