Rob Whitman (BSE '07, MSE '09) is the cofounder and CEO of Forward Science, a start-up venture whose first product was shown at the American Dental Association Annual Session in New Orleans earlier this month. As a Tulane student, he was also a member of the varsity baseball team. After graduation, he began his career at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a clinical engineer using fluorescence technology to detect cervical cancer. Shortly thereafter, he joined the research and development department for Remicalm/Trimira and engineered cancer screening products that incorporated the fluorescence technology developed at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
His new product uses fluorescence technology, with no need for dyes,to detect cancerous areas in the mouth.
Results from ongoing research in Biomedical Engineering at Tulane will be presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Seattle. BMES is one of two annual high-impact international meetings in the field.
A team of 6 BME Seniors has been selected to participate in the Coulter College Student Program this September in Seattle in conjunction with the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. Working with Tulane Professors Lars Gilbertson (Biomedical Engineering) and James Korndorffer, MD (Surgery), the students submitted a proposal to address clinical needs for innovative product design to increase patient safety, through reduction in the risk of hospital-acquired infection.
Five BME Seniors, (Gabriela Nunez, Seth Vignes, Scott Kleinpeter, Nick Chedid, and Chris Cover) won First Prize in the ASAIO First Annual Student Design Competition in Chicago for their project “Development of a Novel Instrument for Use in Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy.”
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