Tulane grads place in technology competition

May 7, 2014 2:00 PM

Barri Bronston

They call their company InVision Biomedical, and in biomedical engineering circles, they are quickly making a name for themselves.

Tulane grads with the medical device they invented.

Biomedical engineering grads, from left, Seth Vignes, Chris Cover and Nick Chedid show off a device they developed to provide patients with continuous unobstructed ventilation while giving a doctor visualization of the throat during surgery. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

Earlier this year, the Tulane University biomedical engineering graduates — who invented a medical device called the EZ View — placed second in the Tulane Business Model Competition. Last month, they placed third in the medical technology track of the prestigious Johns Hopkins International Business Plan Competition.

The EZ View is designed to provide patients with continuous unobstructed ventilation while giving doctors visualization of the throat during surgery. Team members Chris Cover, Seth Vignes, Nick Chedid, Scott Kleinpeter and Gabriela Nunez developed it last year as part of their senior design class, and although all five have gone on to careers or graduate studies, they continue to work together to bring their product to market.

That could take some time, says Cover, who is working on his master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Tulane and a second bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology. The process involves acquiring a patent, applying for grants and conducting further research and development.

Cover said the team’s showing in the Johns Hopkins competition was a huge milestone in the process.

“The competition was quite rough,” Cover says. “We competed against teams from Carnegie Mellon, Cambridge University, Johns Hopkins, Duke and Harvard. At the end of the day we walked away with third place and $3,000.”

As part of the competition, the team was invited to pitch its company to medical entrepreneurs from around the country. Cover says it was a humbling experience.

“These graduate students at other universities are just as hungry and just as willing to sacrifice for their product. I am glad that it is over. But it is a good feeling to see that our hard work is being recognized by the experts.”

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