The National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation announced the 2008 finalists of the Collegiate Inventors Competition. Sponsored by the Abbott Fund and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the competition winners were undergraduate and graduate students whose inventions were found to meet pressing needs in our society.
The 12 inventions and their inventor teams are listed below:
Solar-LED Lighting Innovation - A low-powered, economical device that provides many hours of light to areas without electricity. Patrick Delaney, Matthew Beckler & Caleb Braff, University of Minnesota (Advisor: Paul Imbertson)
ICU Mover Aid - A device that integrates Intensive Care Unit life support systems with a wheeled walker and wheelchair to give mobility to ICU patients, which may help speed recovery. Joshua Lerman, Hanlin Wan, & Swarnali Sengupta, Johns Hopkins University (Advisor: Dale Needham)
SurgyPack - A Novel Means for Bowel Packing - A device that can be inserted by a surgeon to keep the patient's intestines away from an abdominal surgery site. Joshua Liu, Gayathree Murugappan, Kevin Yeh, & Vicki Zhou, Johns Hopkins University (Advisor: Robert Allen)
Spherical Vehicle with Flywheel Momentum Storage for High Torque Capabilities - A spherical robot that uses a control moment gyroscope to store momentum for going up inclines and over obstacles. Greg Schroll, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Advisor: Alexander Slocum)
Identification of the Antifungal Drug Itraconazole as an Antiangiogenic Agent Useful for Treating Cancer and Diabetic Retinopathy - Potential to treat cancer and common issues associated with diabetes with Itraconazole, a drug typically used to treat fungal infections. Curtis Chong, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Advisor: Jun Liu)
Electrostatic Readout of Microarrays - Potential to detect DNA sequences and identify diseases and pathogens using a rapid test without need for high tech resources. Nathan Clack & Khalid Salaita, University of California at Berkeley (Advisor: Jay Groves)
Drug Delivery Device for Bladder Disorders - A device that can be inserted nonsurgically into the bladder via the urethra, releasing a controlled dosage of a drug into the bladder through osmosis. Heejin Lee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Advisor: Michael Cima)
Smart Textiles for the Preservation of Tissues and Organs - A bandage that releases nitric oxide-a gas that promotes vasodilation in blood vessels to keep them relaxed and flexible-in a controlled manner as it degrades. Harvey Liu, University of Texas at Dallas (Advisor: Kenneth Balkus, Jr.)
Combating Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria and Bacterial Biofilms with Engineered Bacteriophage and Synthetic Gene Sensors - An engineered bacteriophage-a virus that infects bacteria-that works in conjunction with antibiotics, making them much more effective. Timothy Lu, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Advisor: J.J. Collins)
Hemostatic Mineral Bandage - An ultra-light bandage that has the ability to stop high-pressure bleeding. Parthasarathy Madurantakam, Virginia Commonwealth University (Advisor: Gary Bowlin)
Rapid Detection and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of Bacteria - A device capable of quickly detecting the presence of bacteria, allowing quicker administration of appropriate antibiotics. Brandon McNaughton & Paivo Kinnunen, University of Michigan (Advisor: Raoul Kopelman)
Ultra-strong and Stiff, Optically Transparent Plastic Nanocomposite - An ultra-strong, transparent plastic sheet with properties approaching the values of steel and its alloys. Paul Podsiadlo, University of Michigan (Advisor: Nicholas Kotov)
The final round of judging will take place November 19, 2008. The top undergraduate and graduate invention teams will receive $15,000 each and the Grand Prize winner, $25,000.
InventorSpot commends the finalists on their impressive developments and hopes that all of their inventions will lead to realized projects in the future.
Source: Press Release, Collegiate Inventors Competition