Twenty-Nine Teams Contending for Top Spot in Annual Bench to Bedside Competition








Postponed from its original in-person event last April, the annual medical innovation challenge has moved entirely online this year.

Tuesday September 8, 2020 | Salt Lake City, UT

Nearly five months after postponing the original in-person event in response to COVID-19, the 10th Annual Bench to Bedside competition is set to announce its winners next week.

Bringing together students from engineering, business, and medicine programs, the Bench to Bedside (or “B2B”) program challenges students to identify and address opportunities for improvement in the current health care market. Whether it’s a redesigned surgical tool, an at home health care product for independent living, or a digital application for a smart phone or tablet, the competition aims for teams to work with practicing health care professionals and industry experts to find novel solutions to common problems.

This year, 29 student teams from across Utah have submitted projects to the competition. Representing the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Weber State, and Utah State, the teams are vying for over $100,000 in prize money.

Coordinated by the Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah Health, the Bench to Bedside competition typically culminates in an in-person event at the Utah State Capitol Building each spring. At the event hundreds of students, university faculty, community leaders and industry partners join for the night to review each team’s products, network, and announce the award winners in a celebration of Utah’s continued commitment to life sciences innovation.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s competition has moved entirely online. Teams will submit all competition materials for judges to review remotely via an online evaluation portal. The grand prize winner and top teams in each of the Business, Medicine, and Engineering categories will be announced by the Center for Medical Innovation on Sept. 15th

Despite the uncertainty around COVID-19 and the abrupt end to the Spring 2020 semester, twenty-nine is an impressive number of teams still submitting projects to this year’s competition. Some teams include students who have graduated or moved away from their university this summer, but due to the completely online format of the competition, many teams were still able to compete.

To learn more about each of the team's competing in this year's competition, click through to see the 2020 Team Gallery 

2020 Bench to Bedside Team Gallery

Complete list of teams participating in 2020 Bench to Bedside Competition:


Advance the Bot

Improved Surgical Mesh Insertion Tool for Laparoscopic Surgery

Affordable Genomic Solutions

Low-cost Genetic Sequencing


At-home Adjustable Bed Device


VR Enabled fMRI Training Program

Dextra Device

Device for clothing to improve independence of individuals with low dexterity

Dmax Radiation Solutions

Patient Specific Radiation Bolus

Dream Defender

Smartwatch Sleeping Disorder Monitor


Affordable Epinephrine Injector


Improved Tissue Removal Tool for Laparoscopic Surgery

Gaia Technologies

Upper Arm Prostheses Sensor Array


Improved Calculation of Maternal Blood Loss during Childbirth

Ideas Innovation

Low-cost adaptable PAPR


Portable Insufflator for Laparoscopic Surgery


Improved Blood Clot Removal Tool


Mental Health Digital Application for Higher Education Systems


Peripheral Neuropathy Measurement Device

Noci Therapeutics

Analgesic Wound Dressing for Partial Dermal Thickness Injuries


Improved Oxygen Tank Mounting System for Mobility Walkers

Optima Recovery

Combination Hot & Cold Physical Therapy Device


Multi-connection switch for Respiratory Oxygen Devices


Personal Insulin Generator

Polus Medical

Advanced Video Laryngoscope


Personal Defensive Shield

Smart 2 Eat

Nutrition Focused Restaurant Recommendation Mobile Application

Smith & Winter

Ergonomically Designed Noninvasive Ventilator Mask


Foot & Ankle Surgery Recovery Device

True Adherence

Physically Therapy Adherence Platform using Computer-based Algorithms


At-home Male Fertility Monitoring


Visualized Shunt Placement for Hydrocephalus Surgery

Bench to Bedside Promo Video