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NCIIA Funds University Biomedical Engineering Teams at BMEidea Awards
Date:6/8/2011

NEW YORK, June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the NCIIA presented cash prizes to three university biomedical engineering teams in recognition of their leading work in the field. This year's winners of the Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Award (BMEidea) Competition—a national competition celebrating student biomedical innovation—were announced during the Medical Design Excellence Awards ceremony at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East trade show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.

The BMEidea Competition, now in its seventh year, is open to university teams from NCIIA member institutions from across the United States. First place—an award of $10,000—was awarded to the Magneto: Magnetic Induction Internal Bleed Detector team from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The Magneto internal bleeding monitor is a portable, non-invasive, autonomous, and cost-effective device for detecting internal bleeding complications after catheterization procedures through the femoral artery. The device is intended to replace the standard 'observational' approach, during which medical personnel examine patients several times an hour for signs of tachycardia, hypotension, swelling, visual bruising, pain and discomfort.

The second-place prize of $2,500 was awarded to the Oculeve team from Stanford University, which is developing therapy that treats severe dry eye more effectively and less expensively than current treatments. This is accomplished through the insertion of a microstimulator the size of a grain of rice into the lacrimal tear duct by a needle introducer (similar to a Botox injection). The bead painlessly delivers an electrical current that restores natural tears.

Third place—$1,000 in cash—was presented to the Medtric Biotech team from Purdue University, which has developed OSMOSE, a line of antimicrobial dressings for the prevention of and t
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