2018 bmeidea competition winners

UroSuction Scope

University of Michigan
First Prize

The UroSuction Scope allows urologists to safely perform kidney stone removal procedures with the aim to maintain low intra-renal pressure. The all-in-one solution safely combines irrigation with active suction within the ureteroscope to reduce the risk of tissue damage and post-operative infection.

Team Members:
Tyler Bylsma: MSE Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
Trish Dine: MSE 2018, Biomedical Engineering
Madhu Parigi: MSE 2018, Biomedical Engineering
Julian Sit: MSE 2018, Biomedical Engineering
Erik Thomas: MSE 2018, Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Jan Stegemann, Faculty Advisor
Dr. Khurshid Ghani, Clinical Mentor

Pneumonix Medical

Johns Hopkins University
Second Prize

Annually, over 1.2 million CT-guided lung biopsies are performed worldwide for lung cancer diagnosis. Pneumothorax (PTX), (collapsed lung), is the most common complication of this procedure. Pneumonix Medical has developed the PreVENT device which aims the seal the biopsy tract to prevent this complication from occurring.

Team Members:
Andrew Eisenthal: M.S.E in Bioengineering, Innovation and Design, May 2018
Shashwat Gupta: M.S.E in Bioengineering, Innovation and Design, May 2018
Sabrina Liu: M.S.E in Bioengineering, Innovation and Design, May 2018
Edward Ruppel: M.S.E in Bioengineering, Innovation and Design, May 2018
Wade Schutte: M.S.E in Bioengineering, Innovation and Design, May 2018

Youseph Yazdi: Principal Investigator
Michael Miller: Department Chair
Soumyadipta Acharya: Advisor
Paul Fearis: Advisor
Christopher Jeffers: Advisor
Robert Liddell: Advisor
Hai-Quan Mao: Advisor
Clifford Weiss: Advisor


University of Pennsylvania
Third Prize

Anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergic reaction that affects 1 in 50 Americans, requiring an immediate injection of epinephrine. Team LifeWatch has developed a wearable watch-like auto-injector. The device is a slim, lightweight, and easy-to-remember solution to a life threatening problem faced every day by millions of people.

Team Members:
Benjamin Bernstein: B.S.E Mechanical Engineering 2018, M.S.E Robotics 2019
Reed Ginsberg: B.S.E Mechanical Engineering 2018, B.S.E Wharton 2018, M.S.E Robotics 2019
Daniel Orol: B.S.E Mechanical Engineering 2018, M.S.E Robotics 2018

Graham Wabiszewski, Principal Investigator
Robert Carpick: Department Chair
Kevin Turner, Advisor


University of Washington-Seattle
Honorable Mention

Current packaging of prescription eye drop medications administer larger drops than needed. This causes patients to run out of medication before their next refill, resulting in costly out-of-pocket expenses for new eye drops, or worse, missed applications of a critical eye-care regimen. The Nanodropper is an affordable, universal eyedropper adapter that decreases drop volume, reducing cost and waste, and allowing greater prescription adherence.

Team Members:
Mackenzie Andrews: Master’s Program on Technology Commercialization 2019
Joshua Cohen: Pharmacology PhD 2019
Cristina Sainati: MBA 2018
Jennifer Steger: Pharmacology PhD 2020

Clay Schwenn: Principal Investigator
Daniel Ratner: Department Chair
Elias Baker: Advisor
Allisa Song: Advisor

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