The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance kicked off summer by awarding cash prizes to three biomedical engineering teams.
The winners in the annual Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Award (BMEidea) Competition — a national competition celebrating student innovation — were honored for their outstanding work during last week’s Medical Design Excellence Awards Ceremony at the Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.
The $10,000 first prize went to Lab-on-a-Stick from Stanford University. This team has developed a simple, affordable method for diagnosing illnesses with a disposable “stick” – a circuit board with pre-treated, assorted protein receptors. Lab-on-a-Stick, when used in conjunction with a portable handheld device, can help medical practitioners identify diseases.
The $2,500 second-place prize went to the SurgiSIL, a laparoscopic tool developed by the Single Port Solutions team at the University of Cincinnati.
Third prize, $1,000 in cash, was given to the Brown University team working on a biosensor to detect vitamin D levels.
The annual BMEidea Competition, now in its fifth year, is open to collegiate teams from NCIIA member institutions across the United States.