BioEngine recently hosted its fourth annual Biomedical Device Design Symposium at the Cove @ UCI Beall Applied Innovation, where UCI seniors presented projects as part of their yearlong capstone course.
With support from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences, the Beckman Laser Institute, the School of Medicine and UC Irvine Athletics, BioEngine – a Beall Applied Innovation program – aims to develop the next generation of healthcare innovators through rigorous coursework and interdisciplinary, team-based experiential learning.
“There is very little that we do in our curriculum that’s more important than what you all accomplished here,” said Gregory Washington, dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. “Having to take a real problem, come up with a real solution, apply all that you’ve learned in the classroom, and in one minute and 30 seconds present it to everyone in the audience.”
This year’s event brought 24 teams to the Cove to showcase their solutions to real-world problems and, after a series of pitches to industry leaders, faculty and colleagues, a total of five winners were selected for the Design Award and the BioEngine Summer Fellowship.
Teams who demonstrated exemplary dedication to their project throughout the year and whose projects exhibited technical expertise in development were awarded the Design Award and a $1,000 cash prize. Winners of the Design Award include:
Eye-Luminate: developing a device that attaches to ocular ultrasound probes to create 3D models of patients’ eyes, which aims to improve the diagnosis of lesions
HemaDycamics: developing a handheld imaging device to be used at the point of care to diagnose wounds like diabetic foot ulcers, pressure sores and burns
MoveD: providing an orthotic solution to stabilize tremors in pediatric patients with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders
UroCare: developing a pressure-limiting device to make kidney stone removal procedures safer for patients
The BioEngine Summer Fellowship – which includes a $15,000 cash price and automatic enrollment into the Wayfinder program – is awarded to a team that is committed to continue their project and develop a startup company. Teams eligible for the award went beyond the requirements of the course to create a business plan and participate in competitions throughout the year in addition to exhibiting dedication to the project and technical expertise. The winner of the BioEngine Summer Fellowship and $15,000 was:
CenSyn: developing an ultra-portable electroencephalogram (EEG) device, which allows for rapid monitoring of brain health and functioning
Stan Rowe – medtech pioneer and founder and CEO of NXT Biomedical, a biomedical startup incubator located at the Cove @ Beall Applied Innovation – gave the keynote presentation and sage advice to students about to graduate and enter the workforce.
“Your ability to impact patients is huge and it’s the most meaningful thing you can do in your life,” said Rowe. “And there will be nothing in your life that will mean more than to have a patient walk up to you and say, ‘Thank you for saving my life.’”