Nicholas Chedid and Christopher Cover (Tulane BME Class of '13) earned the second-place award of $10,000 at the 2014 Tulane Business Model Competition. Chedid and Cover, representing their startup InVision Biomedical, pitched for a device to aid doctors treating tracheostomy patients. They developed this technology with two Tulane Pulmonologists, Dr. Jaime Palomino and Dr. Sangwan; fellow Tulane Biomedical Engineers, Scott Kleinpeter, Gabriela Nunez and Seth Vignes; and the Medical Director of Tulane's SIM Center, Dr. James Korndorffer.
Tympanogen, LLC, founded by Tulane Biomedical Engineers Elaine Horn-Ranney, PhD (BSE '08, PhD '13), Parastoo Khoshakhgh, MS (BME PhD candidate) and Jesse Ranney, MD (BSE '08, MD '13) and LSU Health Sciences Center Otolaryngologist Kevin Taheri, MD, has developed a gel patch for the non-surgical repair of chronic eardrum perforations called Perf-Fix.
Parastoo Khoshakhgh pitched this technology to a panel of venture capitalists and judges at the 2014 Tulane Business Model Competition and won for her company the top prize of $25,000 as well as a spot in the International Business Model Competition in Provo, UT next month. Simultaneously, co-founder Elaine Horn-Ranney and Derek Dashti (Bioinnovation PhD candidate and Director of Strategy for Tympanogen) competed in the global Rice Business Plan Competition, the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. This year 500 international teams submitted, 42 teams were invited to the Business Plan Competition. Of those 42, Tympanogen was awarded 5th place, $44,000 and an interview by FORTUNE Magazine.
The members of Team Inventilator, seniors majoring in biomedical engineering at Tulane University, were more than happy to explain their invention — an automated airway-suctioning device for patients on ventilators.
The Annual BME Team Design Show will take place on Monday, April 7th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Qatar Ballroom (Room 212), on the second floor of the Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC). The BME Design Show features six teams including Mission Mobile, ATP, FLEX, Hawkeye, No'mo'nia, and Inventilator. Projects for this year's show include: "Warehouse inventory system for medical mission services", "Novel exoskeleton for surgical patient positioning", "Outdoor exercise module for persons with disabilities", "Novel eye-tracking system for control of motorized wheelchairs", "Patient monitoring system for reducing incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia", and "Improved airway clearance for persons on long-term ventilator support".
Two Tulane University teams were top winners in the Breast Cancer Startup Challenge, an international business plan contest to commercialize promising innovations in breast cancer research and treatments. The interdisciplinary teams from the Tulane School of Medicine and the School of Science and Engineering each won $5,000, startup support and valuable connections to potential investors in the contest, which is sponsored by the Avon Foundation for Women, the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Advancing Innovation.
Kate Elfer, a second year doctoral student in Professor Quincy Brown’s lab, was awarded a $2000 scholarship by the Louisiana Engineering Society at their meeting in Lafayette. The Vincent A. Forte Graduate School Fellowship is given annually to one student enrolled in a graduate program in engineering who expresses a sincere desire to enter the teaching profession at the University level upon completion of his or her graduate education.
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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