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Professional MS Alumni Feature: Ruth Segall

Professional MS Alumni Feature: Ruth Segall

Congratulations to our December Graduates!

Congratulations to our December Graduates!

Professional MS Alumni Feature: Connor Kerstetter

Professional MS Alumni Feature: Connor Kerstetter

Professional MS Project Feature: "Aware Compression"

Professional MS Project Feature: "Aware Compression"

CMI News

02-19-2024

Professional MS Alumni Feature: Ruth Segall

Professional MS Alumni Feature: Ruth SegallBy: Nicole Bohatch, CMI FellowI recently had the opportunity to speak with MS-MPE alumni Ruth Segall to learn more about her time at the University of Pittsburgh and how it helped prepare her for a career at ArthrexAfter having a successful career in cross-country and track in high school, Ruth was recruited by...

02-08-2024

Congratulations to our December Graduates!

The Center for Medical Innovation congratulates the following Professional MS Graduates and those who received certificates during the December 2023 graduation. Best of luck to you all in your future careers!MS – Medical Product Engineering (MPE)Julia Castrucci Neharika Chodapaneedi Luke Chuderewicz Therlking Dervil  Micah Guffey Aditi Guruprasad Megan...

02-08-2024

Professional MS Alumni Feature: Connor Kerstetter

I recently spoke with MS-MPE ‘23 alumni Connor Kerstetter about his experience at the University of Pittsburgh.Connor Kerstetter began his academic career at Penn State University where he studied neuroscience with the goal of attending medical school. As he progressed through his undergraduate degree, he realized he was drawn to a career in medical...

01-23-2024

Professional MS Project Feature: "Aware Compression"

I recently had the opportunity to speak with 2023 MS-MPE graduates Maura Siess, Megan Johns, Connor Kerstetter, and Boyan Zhang to learn more about the success of their class project in the Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo. The team’s project “Aware Compression” won first-place in the medical product category.MS-MPE program students are required to...

12-22-2023

CMI Awards Early Stage Research Seed Grants

$25,000 for “Malleous”.Co-PI’s:Michael McDowell, MD (UPMC Department of Neurosurgery)Harvey Borovetz, PhD  (Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering)The grant is for development of a novel surgical instrument that combines suction and retraction tools into one device. The resultant product concept (patent pending) will provide...

12-14-2023

Professional MS Student Spotlight: Micah Guffey

By: Nicole Bohatch, CMI Fellow I recently had the opportunity to speak with current professional MS student Micah Guffey about his experience in the MS-MPE program and with Aneurisk. Micah Guffey’s lifelong interest in problem-solving and medicine led him from his hometown in North Carolina to Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA), where he earned a degree in...

11-20-2023

Mission Driven Innovation

I recently had the opportunity to speak with LeanMed’s CEO Mark Adkins to learn about how its product, the O2 Cube, is making an impact on healthcare in low resource communities. LeanMed’s story began in 2018 while Mark Adkins worked as an adjunct Bioengineering professor at the University of Pittsburgh. During this time, Mark was teaching a class titled,...

11-16-2023

LifeX wins a $2 million economic development grant

Originally posted to Pittwire; reposted with permission. LifeX has been chosen as a recipient of a $2 million grant through the Build to Scale program that administers funds annually through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Build to Scale program, which is intended to accelerate technology entrepreneurship,...

11-15-2023

Professional MS Alumni Feature: Jordan Barzensky

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Jordan Barzensky to learn about her experience in the MS-MPE program and how it helped prepare her for her career.Jordan’s higher education journey started at Seton Hill University located in Greensburg, PA. In May 2021, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Mathematics. She majored in Biology and...

10-25-2023

Professional MS Alumni Feature: David Cervera

From a young age, David Cervera has always been interested in engineering and medicine. This passion led him to pursue his bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering on a mechanical track from Trine University in 2021. Upon graduation and in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic with limited industry opportunities available, David made the ultimate decision...

09-19-2023

Professional MS Alumni Feature: Jinal Mistry

I recently spoke with Jinal Mistry about her experience in the MS-MPE program and how it has impacted her career. From a young age, Jinal has always been captivated by human anatomy, biology, mathematics, and computer science. She initially thought that she would pursue these interests by receiving her bachelor’s in biotechnology. It was not until she was...

09-13-2023

Professional MS Alumni Feature: Bill Duncan

I recently spoke with Bill Duncan to learn about his experience in the MS-MPE program and how it has impacted his career trajectory.  Bill’s first introduction to the subject of Biomedical Engineering began with his undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware in 2017. During his junior year, he took a medical device development course that consisted...

06-06-2023

CMI Awards $20,000 to Team in Round 1 2023 Early Stage Seed Grant Competition

Originally published on June 6, 2023 The Center for Medical Innovation is pleased to announce an award of $20,000 for the Round-1 Early Stage R&D Seed Grant. The award went to the team of Trent Emerick, MD, MBA, Gaurav Chauhan, MD, and Youngjae Chun, PhD for “A Novel Low-Profile Fully Retrievable Foldable Epidural Lead Array (FELLA) System."Dr. Emerick and...

06-06-2023

Professional MS Student Feature: Benjamin Ratchford

Originally published June 6, 2023 Ben Ratchford  is currently enrolled in the MS-MPE program at the Swanson School of Engineering. At the beginning of Ben’s academic career in 2015, he dreamed of attending medical school. While he was interested in Biomedical Engineering, he decided to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biology because he felt it would better...

05-30-2023

Finding The True Need

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Ross Beresford (Chief Executive Officer) and Lauren Grice (head of engineering) to learn more about Respair’s story and how funding from the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) has impacted their work as a medical device start-up company.Respair’s story, like most other start-up companies, began in a different...

05-19-2023

Welcome our new CMI Fellow!

My name is Nicole Bohatch and I am the new CMI Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Medical Innovation! I have recently received my Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Duquesne University and will begin pursuing my Master’s in Bioengineering--Medical Product Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh this Fall. My passion for...

11-04-2021

CMI Awards $25K to Advance FingerSight Development

In 2019 the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) provided a $25,000 grant for the development of an electronic vision aid, FingerSight, in a collaboration between researchers of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. George Stetten, MD, PhD, professor of bioenengineering in the Swanson School of Engineering, is leading the development...

11-01-2021

Rural Health Centers Can Breathe Easy With the O2 Cube

The O2 Cube, a bioengineering-led project, was awarded $50,000 at the 2021 Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh) on October 13, 2021 for a solar powered, supplemental oxygen system that can rapidly bring medical oxygen to rural health centers in need.Infectious diseases, including pneumonia, are the leading cause of death for children worldwide, and health...

08-12-2021

CMI Funded Research Creates Reusable PPE That Can Repel Coronaviruses

Originally published on August 12, 2021University of Pittsburgh researchers and recipients of CMI funding, Dr. Paul Leu, Dr. Robert Shanks, and Eric Romanowski, have developed a nanomaterial coating for fabric PPE (personal protective equipment) that can both repel viruses such as adenoviruses, coronaviruses, and herpes simplex and withstand up to 250...

06-27-2021

News From LeanMed

CMI leader and LeanMed founder, Mark Adkins, recently shared some fantastic news with us. LeanMed’s O2 Cube, a solar-powered medical oxygen generator for rural communities, recently began its path towards FDA approval using the FDA’s Fast Track pathway. This will allow LeanMed to bring the O2 Cube to those who need it faster, which is critical for those...

12-15-2020

StabilEyes: An Innovative Solution for Nystagmus

StabilEyes: An Innovative Solution to NystagmusFrom a $25,000 CMI seed funding grant in 2019, Julia Foust and Dr. George Stetten present a novel method to determine frequency and phase of repetitive eye motion, using the widely available platforms of smartphones and tablets, requiring only the download of a free software app. Their purpose is to provide...

12-02-2020

Shave and a Haircut on Two Wheels

PITTSBURGH (Dec. 2, 2020) … When the COVID-19 quarantines began, one luxury people grew to miss was being pampered in a salon or barbershop. For many wheelchair users, however, salon hair care is often a challenge. The process can require an individual to be lifted out of their wheelchair into a salon chair, but this transfer can easily result in injury.A...

11-24-2020

CMI Appoints Mark Adkins to Leadership Team

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) is supported by a leadership team representing multiple disciplines across the University. Mark Adkins, who accepted an invitation to serve on this team, will provide strategic and tactical input on the management of CMI, and will represent it as needed within and outside the university...

11-19-2020

New CMI Fellow Highlight: Rey Ravi

This fall, Rey Ravi joins the CMI Team as a fellow to the Center of Medical Innovation. A former undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh and a current student at the Masters of Medical Product Engineering program, he will be responsible for updating the website and assisting in recruitment events. Rey's background is greatly involved in clinical...

11-09-2020

Swanson School Stent Technologies Clinches Wells Competition Awards

PITTSBURGH (Nov. 9, 2020) … Two Swanson School of Engineering projects received awards at the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute’s Wells Healthcare Competition, which provides funding for students who are developing innovations related to the health care field.Moataz Elsisy, a PhD student in the Department of Industrial Engineering, received an...

07-09-2020

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards three novel biomedical projects with $60,000 in Round 1 2020 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (July 1, 2020) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $60,000 to three research groups through its 2020 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include a virus-resistant wear-resistant textile, a system for removal...

04-28-2020

2020 Expedited Funding

PITTSBURGH (April 28, 2020) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) has awarded a $15,000 grant through an “expedited” 2020 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The one-year award starting May 1, 2020 was granted in response to a request for proposal (RFP) for projects with an...

02-04-2020

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards three novel biomedical projects with $47,500 in Round 2 2019 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (January 31, 2020) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $47,500 to three research groups through its 2019 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include a system for preservation of explanted hearts used in...

09-24-2019

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards three novel biomedical projects with $70,000 in Round-1 2019 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (Sept 1, 2019) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $70,000 to three research groups through its 2019 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include a new breath-biosensor for detection and diagnosis of disease,...

04-15-2019

CMI Team Success Story: OcuDERM

By William Hsin, CMI FellowAccording to the US Eye Injury Registry (University of Alabama at Birmingham), over 2.4 million eye injuries occur each year in the US, an estimated one million of which result in permanent, significant visual impairment. Eye injuries are the second most common cause of visual impairment behind cataracts. The majority of these...

02-14-2019

A New Wrinkle on Vascular Implants

Joe Pugar has always been fascinated with the elegant structures, systems and mechanics of nature.  From the tensile strength of spider silk to the energy conversion ability of photosynthesis, he has been intrigued at adapting the genius of natural design to engineering challenges. That’s what attracted him as a sophomore student in chemical engineering to a...

01-29-2019

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards five novel biomedical projects with $60,000 in Round-2 2018 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (January 29, 2019) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $60,000 to three research groups through its 2018 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include a new drug-eluting contact lens for treatment of dry eye...

11-27-2018

Pitt Engineer-Clinician Team Uses “Active Wrinkles” to Keep Synthetic Grafts Clean

PITTSBURGH (November 27, 2018) … During a coronary bypass procedure, surgeons redirect blood flow using an autologous bypass graft, most often derived from the patient’s own veins. However, in certain situations where the patient does not have a suitable vein, surgeons must rely on synthetic vascular grafts which, while life-saving, are more prone to clot...

10-17-2018

InCube Innovation

Mir Imran, CEO and Founder of InCube Labs, was the keynote speaker for the Wells Student Healthcare Competition held on October 17, 2018. This video is inspirational for anyone who aspires to conceive, develop, and commercialize ground-breaking innovations for the medical product market. Mr. Imran has over 600 patents and has created more than 20 companies...

06-27-2018

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards five novel biomedical projects with $105,000 in Round-1 2018 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (June 27, 2018) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $105,000 to five research groups through its 2018 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include a new vascular access device for use with stent grafts, an...

06-21-2018

Welcome our new CMI Fellow Jinal Mistry

 Our current CMI Fellow, Mr. Akhil Aniff, will be finishing his term as the CMI Fellow as of June 30, 2018. Akhil is graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Bioengineering. He is a Fellow in the Venture for America program and will be working for Grypmat, a Columbus based start-up. Akhil has made major contributions to the CMI research...

06-18-2018

CMI Team Success Preview Story: OcuDERM

By Akhil Aniff, CMI FellowOcuDerm is a new team that is working on a therapeutic gel for EMTs and paramedics to apply to victims of severe eye trauma. The technology behind OcuDerm was pioneered by Dr. Morgan Fedorchak, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and researcher in the UPMC Department of Ophthalmology. The team was rewarded a CMI grant in...

06-18-2018

CMI Team Success Story: 2018 Randall Family Big Idea Competition

By Akhil Aniff, CMI FellowOn March 29th 2018, several teams that have received funding from the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) participated in the Randall Family Big Idea Competition at the University of Pittsburgh. The Big Idea Competition, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, allows teams of both undergraduate and graduate...

06-18-2018

CMI Team Success Story: Aruga Technologies

By Akhil Aniff, CMI FellowAruga Technologies is a new Pitt spin-off company that is hoping to revolutionize the field of vascular grafts. Their unique graft technology, named TopoGraft, aims to reduce the occurrence of clot formation in blood vessels with its specially designed irregular internal shape. Not only can this technology be used for vascular...

04-02-2018

Swanson School students capture top prize and more at tenth annual Randall Family Big Idea Competition

Innovation Institute News ReleaseWith a blast of confetti falling from above the stage at the Charity Randall Theater, the participants in the 2018 Randall Family Big Idea Competition celebrated the culmination of two months of extra-curricular work on ideas for new products ranging from a software platform to connect hunters to landowners to a new insulin...

01-22-2018

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards five novel biomedical devices with $115,000 total Round-2 2017 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (January 22, 2018) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $115,000 to five engineering and medicine groups through its 2017 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include proposed solutions to conditions such as...

01-16-2018

Using Novel Stent, Pitt Researchers Aim to Double Number of Successful Organ Donations

Each year, the United States experiences an extreme shortage of organ donations, and many transplantable organs stop receiving vital blood flow after a donor’s heart fails. The Department of Surgery is collaborating with the Swanson School of Engineering for the study, which will develop a stent made of smart material to direct selective blood flow during...

07-26-2017

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards three novel biomedical devices with $65,000 total Round-1 2017 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (July 26, 2017) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $65,000 to three research groups through its 2017 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include a new technology for reducing risk of post-partum uterine...

03-14-2017

Pitt’s Bioengineering and Industrial Engineering programs move up in 2018 U.S. News and World Report Graduate School Rankings

PITTSBURGH (March 14, 2017) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering has moved up one slot among engineering programs in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” which will be available on newsstands April 11. The Swanson School is tied 42nd overall among university engineering programs, and 21st among all...

01-10-2017

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards four novel biomedical devices with $77,500 total Round-2 2016 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (January 10, 2017) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $77,500 to four research groups through its 2016 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include a new technology for treatment of diabetes, a medical device...

07-14-2016

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards six novel biomedical devices with $140,000 in Round-1 2016 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (July 14, 2016) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $140,000 to six research groups through its 2016 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include developing a novel vascular access system, a shunt for...

02-01-2016

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards four novel biomedical devices with $85,000 total Round-2 2015 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (February 1, 2016) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $85,000 to four research groups through its 2015 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include a nanowire glaucoma drainage implant; an emergency lung...

08-05-2015

Center for Medical Innovation awards four novel biomedical devices with $95,000 total Round-1 2015 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (August 5, 2015) … The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $95,000 to four research groups through its 2015 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include developing a patient monitoring wristband, a novel material to...

12-11-2014

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards three novel biomedical devices with $53,000 total Round-2 2014 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (Dec 11, 2014) … The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $53,000 to three research groups through its 2014 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include developing super-sensitive chemical assays for detecting blood...

06-30-2014

Pitt's Center for Medical Innovation awards eight novel biomedical devices with $100,000 total 2014 Round-1 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (June 30, 2014) … The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $100,000 to eight research groups through its 2014 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include developing wireless EEG sensor and signal processing system...