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Biomedical Engineering Events Highlight Student Research

By Katy Cosse
Published April 2010

The biomedical engineering department recently launched two new events aimed at showcasing the research work of students.

At a March 10 event created by program director Mary Beth Privitera, students in the Medical Device Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program pitched their functional prototypes to industry representatives.

Each team developed a product pitch and a business plan, while each industry rep received "BearCashĒ to invest in the best project.

Team "Boomerang Bariatrics,Ē pictured above, shows their implantable gastric band device, which is designed to be completely reversible with no incision made on the stomach.

The team includes students Jennifer Mehl (front right), David Henkel and Kristin Patterson, who worked with Jose Berger, MD, at the Reading Campus to design their device.

The device was successfully implanted in animal models as part of Bergerís research.

Other teams developed prototypes for skin retraction during surgery or at-home treatment for sleep apnea.

Since the event, student teams have presented their work to leading design companies and are working with industry partners on potential partnerships.

The second event, the inaugural Biomedical Research Poster Presentation, was held Feb. 26 in Tangeman University Center.

Hosted by the Biomedical Engineering Society, the day was divided into two sessions and showcased student research and provided a networking opportunity with representatives from biomedical companies.

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