Competition Highlights Student Biomedical Innovation 4057

Jay Goldberg

July 1, 2006

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Competition Highlights Student Biomedical Innovation

Originally Published MX July/August 2006

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Representatives of the winning teams in the 2006 Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Awards: (from left) Jay Goldberg, MDEA juror and cocreator of the BMEidea competition; Ioanna Mina, Pennsylvania State University (second-place tie); Conor Walsh and Nevan Hanumara, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (third place); Craig Hashi, University of California, Berkeley (first place); John McMurdy, Brown University (second-place tie); and Humera Fasihuddin, BMEidea program director for the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, organizer of the BMEidea program.(click to enlarge)

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA; Hadley, MA) recognized the outstanding work of four collegiate biomedical engineering teams during the Medical Design Excellence Awards ceremony at the Medical Design & Manufacturing East exposition in New York City in June. The Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Award (BMEidea) competition, now in its second year, recognizes excellence in student biomedical innovation.

The first-place prize of $10,000 was awarded to a team from the University of California, Berkeley, that created a tissue-engineering approach to construct vascular grafts from bone-marrow stem cells to be used in coronary artery bypass graft procedures. Other winning inventions included an alternative method of breast-cancer detection; a low-cost, light-reflecting device for the detection of anemia; and a telerobotic biopsy system designed to facilitate earlier, more-accurate diagnoses of cancerous lesions.

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