What is The Center For Medical Innovation?
EDUCATION
May 29, 2019

What is The Center For Medical Innovation?

The Center for Medical Innovation is transforming healthcare through innovation. This is a place where different programs at the University of Utah come together to develop medical products and commercialize them. ... Read More

BENCH TO BEDSIDE 2019 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE MAPPING OSTOSCOPE
RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
May 07, 2019

BENCH TO BEDSIDE 2019 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

The project of the Mapping Ostoscope won the grand prize for the Bench to Bedside competition of 2019. The Mapping Ostoscope presented as a device to detect ear infections for physicians in order to provide not only a simple and innovative way but also to avoid misdiagnosis. With the Bench to Bedside program being organized and managed by the Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah, we decided to take a look at the behind the scenes of the team experience. ... Read More

Annie Fonnesbeck - Engineering Lab Manager to the Center For Medical Innovation
RECOGNITION
May 07, 2019

Annie Fonnesbeck - Engineering Lab Manager to the Center For Medical Innovation

Annie Fonnesbeck is the Engineering Lab Manager of the Gary Crocker Innovation & Design Lab at the Center for Medical Innovation. She works to design, model, and develop medical devices for various lab projects. Fonnesbeck got her master’s degree in Bioengineering at the University of Utah and spend a lot of her time at CMI during her program.... Read More

Getting to know Michael Adkins & His Team: The Anti-Clogging Pleural Drainage Device
RESEARCH, EDUCATION
Apr 10, 2019

Getting to know Michael Adkins & His Team: The Anti-Clogging Pleural Drainage Device

Chest drainage tubes are used routinely in most hospitals. Over a million chest tube procedures are performed in the U.S. per year. Approximately 250,000 of those experience clogging which equates to over $6 billion annually in additional hospitalization costs. Michael Adkins and his team noticed this problem and wanted to find a solution. In an interview with Michael, he stated: ... Read More

Who is Dr. Stephen D. Neeleman?
RECOGNITION
Feb 13, 2019

Who is Dr. Stephen D. Neeleman?

Dr. Stephen D. Neeleman, also known as Steve, MD founded of HealthEquity Inc. in 2002. Dr. Neeleman served as HealthEquity Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer from November 2002 to January 2014. He has also been Vice Chairman at HealthEquity, Inc. since February 2014 and has been its Director since November 2002. Dr. Neeleman co-founded HealthEquity Inc., to repair the fractured relationship between the patient and provider and to help more people obtain health insurance by re-introducing consumerism into health care.... Read More

Meeting with Brian J Farnsworth – Member of the InsuffleX Team
EDUCATION
Jan 18, 2019

Meeting with Brian J Farnsworth – Member of the InsuffleX Team

Brian J Farnsworth is a student at Weber State University studying science and medicine. Brian became involved with the Bench to Bedside program through word of mouth. His friend from Weber State University had participated in the Bench to Bedside competition the year before. Brian stated,... Read More

Getting to Know Dinesh Patel: President, CEO, and Co-Founder of TherTech INC.
RECOGNITION
Jan 09, 2019

Getting to Know Dinesh Patel: President, CEO, and Co-Founder of TherTech INC.

Born in Kabwe, Zambia on September 6, 1950, Dr. Dinesh Patel currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and their two children Dr. Dinesh Patel served as President, CEO and Co-Founder for TherTech, Inc. During his role at TherTech, Patel helps established strategic alliances with major pharmaceutical companies including Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Roche and SmithKline Beecham. In January 1999, TheraTech was purchased for approximately $350 million by Watson Pharmaceuticals, a California based company (now Allergan). Patel has been involved with the Bench to Bedside program and CMI since the beginning, so we want to interview him about his experience with the program.... Read More

Sitting Down With University of Utah Neuroscientist, Thomas Parks
RECOGNITION
Dec 26, 2018

Sitting Down With University of Utah Neuroscientist, Thomas Parks

We sat down with Tom Parks to learn a little more about his role in the Bench to Bedside program, and his background in the medical industry. Parks did neuroscience research and taught medical and graduate students at the University of Utah for many years. During his last 8 years at the U, he was the Vice President for Research and President of the U of U Research Foundation, which owns and manages the university’s intellectual property and its Research Park. He was also a founder of NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Utah company founded in 1986 that developed three first-in-class drugs and was sold in 2015 and is currently a director of four Utah life science companies. He expressed satisfaction with the roles he played in this career, including being a scientist, an entrepreneur, a teacher, and an administrator. Having such a well-rounded career has helped him gain experience that has allowed him to aid students in the Bench to Bedside program, as well as be a judge for the competition.... Read More

Finding and solving the right problems – with Mr. Kelly Powers
RECOGNITION
Nov 27, 2018

Finding and solving the right problems – with Mr. Kelly Powers

CMI: Tell us about you and your experience in the medical device and innovation industries. Kelly Powers: I was the Vice President for research and development for 3 large medical device companies here in Salt Lake City, I was in that role for about 20 years. For the last 5 years, I was Corporate Chief Technology Officer. I worked with CR Bard, that was in fact acquired last December by Becton Dickinson. CR Bard is a fairly old medical device company. When I started, the company was doing about 35 million in sales, we helped grow to a little over 1 billion during that time, what was interesting is that it was mostly organic growth.... Read More

Dean Wallace - Advisory Board Member to the Center For Medical Innovation
RECOGNITION
Nov 01, 2018

Dean Wallace - Advisory Board Member to the Center For Medical Innovation

Dean Wallace is a board member and helps mentor students in the Bench to Bedside program.  He’s had many years of experience in the medical industry, from starting a company after he graduated from the University of Utah to starting Clinical Innovations, where he focused on developing medical devices for women’s healthcare.... Read More

I-Corps, B2B and More with Megan McIntyre, Associate Director at CMI
RECOGNITION
Oct 15, 2018

I-Corps, B2B and More with Megan McIntyre, Associate Director at CMI

We sat down with Megan McIntyre, associate director at CMI, overseeing the bench-to-bedside program at the University of Utah. We were interested in the broader work of the Center for Medical Innovation, besides the b2b program, and asked her to explain more about some of the lesser-known resources for aspiring entrepreneurs.... Read More

Meeting with Spencer Walker, Director of Regulatory Affairs
RECOGNITION
Oct 15, 2018

Meeting with Spencer Walker, Director of Regulatory Affairs

Spencer Walker is the current Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah. He’s been with CMI for over two and a half years. His role includes working beside student teams in the Bench to Bedside program. He is there to help and guide students through the process. He wants to make sure students have a real understanding of what the regulatory landscape is going to be for their devices. Spencer helps students identify FDA regulations, testing, verification, and leads them through the necessary pathways to be able to get their products out in the market.... Read More

Vieser: Treating Varicose Veins Less Intrusively And With Less Pain
EDUCATION
Oct 07, 2018

Vieser: Treating Varicose Veins Less Intrusively And With Less Pain

One of the winners of this year’s Bench to Bedside competition was a group of students who have developed a device that can help revolutionize the way physicians treat varicose veins. The team of three includes Ben, a senior majoring in computer science; Shelby a pre-med student with experience in the medical field; and Will, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.... Read More

2018 Bench To Bedside Winners
RECOGNITION
Sep 26, 2018

2018 Bench To Bedside Winners

2018 marked an unforgettable year for medical innovation and the Bench to Bedside competition. Check out the review below outlining the winners and general analytics from the event. The Zero Stitch is a device soon available on pharmacy shelves that will allow anyone to treat small to medium-sized cuts and flesh injuries without needing to make an expensive trip to the hospital. It is portable enough to take on camping or hunting trips, and easy enough to use that anyone can treat their own injuries without help. Partners both in and out of work, Cathy and Chris let us interview them about their experience with the B2B program.... Read More

The World's Smartest Wi-Fi Audio HD Transmitter
EDUCATION
Sep 26, 2018

The World's Smartest Wi-Fi Audio HD Transmitter

The Center for Medical Innovation enjoys not only fostering unique solutions to medical problems but also finding new inventions that address issues in the greater medical world that have never been explored. We sat down with Vitaliy Mahidov, CEO and Founder of CloviTek in June 2018 to discuss how his innovation, along with the Bench to Bedside program, is bringing new insights and solutions to the hearing-impaired.... Read More

Zero Stitch - No More Sewing When It Comes To Stitches
EDUCATION
Sep 26, 2018

Zero Stitch - No More Sewing When It Comes To Stitches

The Center for Medical Innovation sat down with one of the winning teams of 2018’s Bench to Bedside competition. Both veterans of the emergency room, and recent U of U graduates, Chris and Cathy developed the Zero Stitch and won the award (along with the $5,000 prize) for the best-in-medicine category. The Zero Stitch is a device soon available on pharmacy shelves that will allow anyone to treat small to medium-sized cuts and flesh injuries without needing to make an expensive trip to the hospital. It is portable enough to take on camping or hunting trips, and easy enough to use that anyone can treat their own injuries without help. Partners both in and out of work, Cathy and Chris let us interview them about their experience with the B2B program.... Read More

Test
RECOGNITION
Apr 19, 2018

Test

Fertility issues can be physically and emotionally taxing for couples that can be exacerbated by the financial strain associated with assisted reproductive technology. A team of students from University of Utah Health set out to help mitigate these frustrations with a medical device they presented at the 2018 annual Bench-to-Bedside competition. Their team, PreOv, received the $50,000 grand prize for its low-cost, user-friendly device that accurately provides couples with real-time fertility information.... Read More