The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance kicked off summer by awarding cash prizes to three biomedical eradar_bmeideangineering 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-plsps-surgisil-assembly-white-background1ace 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 vitavitamin-d-bio-sensor-device1min D levels.

The annual BMEidea Competition, now in its fifth year, is open to collegiate teams from NCIIA member institutions across the United States.