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MIT student inventor Nikolai Begg receives Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
Date:3/5/2013

derlying organs.

Begg invented a puncture access mechanism with a blade that retracts at the moment it passes completely through skin tissue after years of observing laparoscopic surgeries first-hand. A "force-sensing" instrument, the tip withdraws within 1/100 of a second. The mechanism, which is purely mechanical in nature with only a few parts, is scalable for use in nearly any medical puncture device.

Begg also learned that in right kidney laparoscopic procedures, an additional incision has to be made to hold the liver and clear a direct pathway to the kidney. This additional step risks over-puncture, infection and pain. He developed an incision-less laparoscopic retractor to address this challenge. Inserted through an existing incision, a suture stored within the device is passed out of the body and tensioned to move the organ out of the operating field.

An Ambassador for Invention

Begg's personal passion for invention is no more important than working to inspire the same in others. He has used his knack for explaining complex technologies to be an active mentor throughout his time at MIT. As a graduate instructor Begg helps undergraduate students design, prototype and refine novel devices to meet the needs of medical practitioners. He also worked with high school students at an MIT-sponsored summer course in design to invent and build functional prototypes of devices to introduce exercise into the workplace.

"I believe in showing others that invention does not mean being smart enough to get it right the first time," Begg said. "Creativity is powered by a willingness to learn and take risks."

Bringing a New Face to Invention

"Nikolai Begg exemplifies the modern inventor," said Joshua Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. "Far from the image of a white-coat scientist at the lab bench, he follows his innate interests, immersing himself in them and collaborating with o
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