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Student Teams Gather in Minneapolis at Medtronic for BMES Coulter College

BMES Coulter College convened recently at Medtronic in Minneapolis, MN, where students who completed the program were named Coulter Design Scholars. 
Nearly 100 students, design faculty, clinicians, designers, and business advisors were in attendance at the August 1-4 meeting.

BMES Coulter College is a training program focused on translation of biomedical innovations and for the secon time  was hosted by an industry partner, Medtronic. The core focus of this year's program was the design of new medical technologies with emphasis on health disparities and resource-constrained design. The program is supported by funding from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.
 
Twelve teams of undergraduate rising senior students from universities across the United States and abroad were selected to participate: Clemson University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Lehigh University, Robert Morris University, Temple University, The Catholic University of America, University of Akron, University of California-Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, and University of Oklahoma.
 
For a second year, the industry partnership with Medtronic provided participants with an introduction to medical technology design in industry and gave teams the opportunity to tour two Medtronic facilities.
 
In a creative environment, mentors in key design areas guided the student teams through a highly dynamic process designed to help them better understand how innovations can meet clinical needs, while providing tools and approaches used to develop novel solutions for clinical problems. At the end of the program, students developed a better understanding of how to balance providing clinical benefits alongside a viable commercial model.
 
On the last two days of the program, the student teams presented their designs and final projects in a venture capital pitch competition. The top teams received awards and the overall winning team, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is invited to present during the Engineering Solutions to Health Care Disparities Session on October 17th in Philadelphia at the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting.
 
2019 BMES Coulter College Winners
 
Best Design and Best Venture Capital Pitch for Structural Heart – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Students: Justin Tiao, Craig Soares, Hannah Thompson, Ana Rivero Valles
Faculty Advisor: Holly Golecki
 
Best Venture Capital Pitch for Diabetes Disease Management – University of Oklahoma
Students: Daniel Cheong, James Elias, Benjamin Seibert, Osamah Mian
Faculty Advisor: Marc Moore
 
Best Venture Capital Pitch for Chronic Hypertension – University of Michigan
Students: Rachel Herster, Dylan Rushton, Hamza Turkistani, Katrina Yeomans
Faculty Advisor: Melissa Wrobel
 
Best Design for Diabetes Disease Management – Johns Hopkins University
Students: Hadley Vanrenterghem, Min Jung Kim, Katherine Hu, Maya Lapinski
Faculty Advisor: Nicholas Durr
 
Best Design for Chronic Hypertension – University of Akron
Students: Allie Stephens, Alison Targosky, Megan Laws, Jillian Savage
Faculty Advisor: James Keszenheimer