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AGENDA
4:00PM
4:30PM
5:15PM
6:00PM
7:00PM
7:00PM
Welcome/Networking
Poster Presentation Session 1
Poster Presentation Session 2
i4 Pitch Competition
Break for Dinner
 
AGENDA
4:00PM
4:30PM
5:15PM
6:00PM
7:00PM
7:15PM
Welcome/Networking
Poster Presentation Session 1
Poster Presentation Session 2
i4 Pitch Competition
Break for Dinner
Keynote Address Speakers, Awards, Closing

Babies Rx

Erin Dowell, Zeenat Nadvi, Henry Smith

Skin-to-skin care has been found to have many health benefits for newborns and their mothers. Skin-to-skin care is easily preformed after a vaginal birth but this gets more complicated during a C-Section surgery. We’ve developed a device to assist with skin-to-skin care during C-Section closure.

Bonzai Biotech

Harrison Lee, Patrick Lydon, Philip Summers, Ramya Varadarajan, Hannah Thornburg, Sanjna Iyengar, Ryan Hauser

Type 1 endoleak occurs when a stent graft bypassing an abdominal aortic aneurysm fails. Blood then leaks back into the aneurysm and the weakened vessel wall is at risk of rupture. We aim to reduce the risk of type 1 endoleak to avoid corrective procedures required to prevent aneurysm rupture.

BrICk Unit

Lydia Ashburn, Emily Lambeth, Hannah Stokes, Maggie Tamburro, Cory Wilder

The Bed RESTore aims to maintain muscle mass and range of motion in bed-ridden, intensive care unit (ICU) patients. To achieve this goal, we at BrICk Unit have adapted and combined technologies from the physical therapy field to improve outcomes for ICU patients long term.

Curantis

Allison Mitzak, Kristy Reed, Noah Thompson, Grace Cronin, Zane Kaiser, Will O'Brien

Curantis is a medical device PD group that is creating solutions in emergency medicine. Choosing their name because it means “caretaker” in Latin, this dynamic team is creating an external-chest-wall-stabilization device to save the lives of those enduring flail chest, a deadly blunt chest trauma.

Illumination Medical

Niharika Elety, Madison Serpan, Sarah Thomas

In low resource settings without access to laboratories, UTIs and STIs are commonly misdiagnosed leading to incorrect treatment and/or overuse of antibiotics. Healthcare workers in these settings, need a method to accurately distinguish between UTIs and STIs.

Inneurovate

James Cahoon, Kristen Froehlich, Gray Martin, Neil Cornwell, Ayarah Dharanikota

Our device aims to create a safer and more intuitive way to secure and immobilize patients during neurosurgeries. We aim to reduce the risk of pressure related complications while allowing surgeons to use their equipment with more control and confidence.

Launch Medical

Jacquelyn Davi, Dilan Chudasma, Alan Xie, Trevor Chin, Alex Nguyen, Zara Miller, Marcus Childs

In both rehabilitation and home settings, many geriatric patients face difficulties with balance, affecting their ability to stand or to maintain proper gait. Our device is an at-home insole that provides patients with real-time feedback on how they’re distributing their weight in the lower limb.

LibraTech

Mustafa Abdoh, Taylor Abele, Madhu Jayaraman, Noah Pieper, Alex Roupas, Kayla Thompson

Adults over 50 with lower limb amputations have difficulty using existing suspension mechanisms to quickly, reliably, and securely attach their prosthesis. We designed a new suspension mechanism addressing these difficulties to increase patient use of their prosthesis and reduce associated injuries.

LMR Vascular

Leslie Woodley, Motaz Al Samman, Raghad Al-Dafaee

Increasing the compliance of patients to wear compression stockings to decrease the occurrence of deep venous thrombosis. Developing a compression stocking that is easier to apply, while still producing the required compression to promote venous return.

Maverick Medical

Tara Burns, Ross Taylor, Morgan Goetz, Tolson Jeffrey, Thomas Winslow

Maverick Medical's mission is to improve the efficacy and safety in the field of dentistry. Specifically, we are investigating problems in Endodontics. In order to address this issue we are looking into solutions to improve the insertion method of Gutta Percha into the Root Canal.

Med-Res

Jackson Richards, Nick Benevento, Brian Rock, Erin Rogers, Brandon Barrentine, Jack Jansen

We are developing a modified 2-bin kanban system for managing hospital supply inventory. Our system detects when the backup bin of supplies has been put into use, and sends a signal to restock the product over Wifi to the stock clerks and the central supply room of the hospital.

Medic-All Solutions

Amber Bauer, Israa Nadeem Wajih, Alyssa Burke, Alexandra Yanoschak, Sydney Cheek, Zhiyi Gao

There is a need to address umbilical cord artery/vein access in neonates by inexperienced health care providers that minimizes repeat procedures. We are developing a low cost umbilical catheterization training device that will have necessary improvements in modeling a more realistic umbilical cord.

Myocardinal

Anup Rao, Jacob Dooley, Marwan Hawari, Sagar Shetty, Will O'Brien

We are working in the field of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements where we are redesigning the balloon that will be compatible with the existing valve delivery systems. The goal of our device and project is to eliminate the need of Rapid Ventricular Pacing and improve patient outcomes.

Neupath

Rony Nasrallah, Sarah Fickey, Amy Lindsay, Emily Potok

Neupath has identified a need to improve catheter guidewire mobility within the cerebral arterial network during neurovascular intervention procedures. We have conceptualized and developed a novel solution that allows for the real time control catheter guidewire bending angle.

NeuroSpark

Kaitlin Katz, Ryan Cavanagh, Matt McCloskey, Michael Finizio, Matt Harmody

Imaging scans, the current method for detecting shunt blockage in hydrocephalus patients, are only ~65% effective at identifying blocked shunts and cost thousands of dollars. We are developing a way to detect shunt blockage without expensive scans or hospital visits.

Orthoware

Charlotte DeVol, Sarah Konchan, Lauren Stinson, Lake Billings

Orthoware is developing a surgical alignment device to more accurately determine if prostheses in total knee replacements are properly rotated during surgery, leading to greater patient satisfaction and a decrease in revision rates following the primary surgery.

Plexus Health

Arnav Subramanya, Alex Davis, JR Elliott, Miles Hackett, Stephen Yang, Nomi Topasna

Plexus is tackling improper weight bearing in lower limb recoveries. Often the clinician will prescribe partial weight bearing to a recovering limb, but there is no accurate way to continuously know how much weight is being placed on the limb. We will provide a crutch tool to alleviate the issue.

PPANG

Brandon Sweet, Alison Mull, Nick Gentry, Graham Whitehouse, Brian Hegarty

Our project is focusing on relieving the annual instances of pressure ulcers caused by prolonged pressure in wheelchair bound patients. We will achieve this by creating a product that shifts the weight of the patient to relieve the pressure imposed on them from being in one location.

RehabiliBuddies

Isabella Watson, Joanna Cao, Misbah Amed, Jack Vincent, Lars Chen, Brooke Grunari

The RehabiliBall is the first dynamic splint for hand spasticity patients

Sequoia Health Solutions

Lee-Ann Nguyen, Willa Ma, Jamie Lebhar, Maureen Desmond, Emily Getzen

Deep brain stimulation surgery is performed on patients with Parkinson’s Disease. The goal of DBS is to disrupt tremor cells. To place electrodes properly, a neurologist evaluates electrical signals in the brain qualitatively. Our solution is to create a quantitative method to locate tremor cells.

Shell Medical

Alex Small, Omar Mohd, Tyler Sattler, Austin Cronin

Our solution improves upon the stimulation methods used in current implanted Vagus Nerve Stimulation Devices used for the treatment of Epilepsy

Sixth Sensor

Ellie Wilson, Eric Markley, Alex Mina, Lexi Yakoobian

We are interested in redesigning mammography paddles used in needle localization procedures. Our goal is for our paddle design to increase the ease and efficiency at which the procedure is performed.

Socket To 'Em

Samuel Stephen Gay, Jackie Martinez-Chavez, Tyler Wayne Smith, Kristen Lovell

We are creating an adjustable socket for people with transtibial amputations with integrated BOA technology.

TarHealth

Jamison Hauser, Alec Kuzma, Keshav Patel, Allie Smith, Seth Teague

We are building a modular device that can connect to existing ileostomy bags to track the volume of fluid in the bag with minimal patient involvement. The sensor output can be used to estimate fluid output from the stoma of ileostomy patients, to predict and take steps to prevent dehydration.

Techno Cerebral

Amit Cudykier, Lacey McCaw, Natsuyo Huneycutt, Shelby Shallue

We are designing an aneurysm clip applier specifically for the use in the endonasal endoscopic clipping approach, a relatively new technique in the treatment of cerebral aneurysms.

Trachmaster Solutions

Ryan Hobbs; Ethan Trull; Conrad Dear; Pavan Devarasetty; Sidney Rogers

We are striving to improve care of infants who have undergone a neonatal tracheostomy procedure. Infants who have experienced this can't make sounds when crying, and we are developing a smart baby monitor that can detect stress so caregivers can take proper action.

Triangle Medical

Tyler Bendl, Colleen Roosa, Anna-Elizabeth Rinderer, Bhavesh Parekh, Holly Heddens, Megan Baldwin

We have created a mechanical stretching device with adjustable force/tension to treat finger webspace contractures post skin graft surgery. The goal for the device is to reduce the amount of active time spent treating webspace contractures by Occupational Therapists at burn units across the country.

Unicure Technologies

Emily Duquaine, Graham Hulvey, Megan Keller, Joshua Milligan, Peter Vogiatzis

Premature infants often spend more time in the NICU due to an inability to properly breathe during feeding. We’re engineering an affordable, easy to use device to help parents feed their premature infants and get them home from the NICU sooner.

Vivactive

Amy Bandy, Brian Kim, George Lane, Nicole Spencer, Claire Vallery

Vivactive is engineering a dynamic retention device that would modify hip implants to prevent hip dislocations, thereby restoring patients’ peace of mind and mobility.

 
 

DialAssist

Gabriela Diaz, Linda Henry, Nicole Del Risco, Joseph Tanas, Joanna McDonald

Our project involves an at-home mobile dialysis device aimed to improve patient quality of life. Current dialysis treatments require bulky equipment, clinician presence, and time. The proposed solution is a wearable dialysis device that would provide the same treatment, without these disadvantages.

Medic-All Solutions

Amber Bauer, Israa Nadeem Wajih, Alyssa Burke, Alexandra Yanoschak, Sydney Cheek, Zhiyi Gao

There is a need to address umbilical cord artery/vein access in neonates by inexperienced health care providers that minimizes repeat procedures. We are developing a low cost umbilical catheterization training device that will have necessary improvements in modeling a more realistic umbilical cord.

RehabiliBuddies

Isabella Watson, Joanna Cao, Misbah Amed, Jack Vincent, Lars Chen, Brooke Grunari

The RehabiliBall is the first dynamic splint for hand spasticity patients

Trachmaster Solutions

Ryan Hobbs; Ethan Trull; Conrad Dear; Pavan Devarasetty; Sidney Rogers

We are striving to improve care of infants who have undergone a neonatal tracheostomy procedure. Infants who have experienced this can't make sounds when crying, and we are developing a smart baby monitor that can detect stress so caregivers can take proper action.

Vivactive

Amy Bandy, Brian Kim, George Lane, Nicole Spencer, Claire Vallery

Vivactive is engineering a dynamic retention device that would modify hip implants to prevent hip dislocations, thereby restoring patients’ peace of mind and mobility.

X^2 Health, LLC

Undergraduates: Allison Mitzak, Joanna Cao, Isabella Watson, Emiley Joyce, Sameer Bhatti, Kendall Joseph, Tessa Curtis, Emerald Ollenberger
Alumni: Megan Dew, Andrea Rich, Melissa Serrano Burns, Jazmin McCorkle, Jewell Brey

X2 Health is on a mission to create affordable medical devices that can be universally implemented to improve women’s health. X2 is developing HPreVention, the first rapid-result, non-invasive, low-cost HPV test. HPreVention will detect HPV strains that put a woman at high risk for cervical cancer.

 
Cinnamon Larson, PhD
Director of Mechanical Engineering - Nocturnal Product Development, LLC
James L. Larson, MD
Clinical Professor and Executive Vice-Chair; Medical Director, UNC Emergency Department
100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
From UNC - Phillips Hall:
Follow E. Cameron Ave to Country Club Rd. Continue onto Country Club Rd. Turn left onto Raleigh Rd. Continue for 2 miles. Turn right onto Friday Center Dr. Take second right to parking area (on left); conference center will be on your right. The center is accessible by the FCX, V, and S bus routes.
From Raleigh:
Take I-40 to exit 273A. Merge onto NC-54W. Continue for 2 miles. Turn left onto Friday Center Dr. Take second right to parking area (on left); conference center will be on your right.  
Parking:
Free guest parking with a pass is available adjacent to the conference center. Parking passes will be sent out to all who register.
 
 
 

 

Special thanks to:​

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center for their support.

Optum® for their support.

Optum® delivers solutions to help modernize the health system and improve population health. With over 160,000 employees worldwide and clients across 150 countries, we combine technology, data and expertise to improve health care delivery, quality and efficiency

Nocturnal PD for their support.

From napkin sketches to regulatory approvals to manufacturable products,

Nocturnal helps small companies and start-ups navigate the complex product

development process and turn great ideas into real products.

The Nocturnal team brings a diverse set of high-level capabilities across all of

the major design and development disciplines - from IP development, technology

development, patent protection, product design, and manufacturing to clinical

testing, verification and validation, and submissions for FDA and CE approvals.

Greenlight Guru for their support.

Greenlight Guru is the only quality management software platform designed specifically for medical devices companies. This unique platform helps companies get safer products to market faster, simplifies FDA and ISO regulatory compliance and provides a single source of truth by connecting the management of all quality processes, such as CAPAs, risk, audits and more. Greenlight Guru’s software solution is used by thousands of users across the globe, allowing teams to push beyond baseline compliance and achieve True Quality.

Our instructors, Devin Hubbard and Michael Browne.

 

Lindsay Castret and Shawn Gomez for their assistance in organizing the i4 competition and symposium.

Symposium planning committee: Lydia Ashburn, Alyssa Burke, Grace Cronin, Zane Kaiser, Brian Kim, Allie Mitzak, Brandon Sweet, Thomas Winslow

 

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Walk-ins are welcome!