This year TREAT (Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology) is offering an additional $1,000 prize for excellence in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technologies in VentureWell’s BMEidea competition.
Since 2005, the BMEidea competition has recognized innovative biomedical engineering design with high commercial potential and social impact. The competition is open to both graduate and undergraduate students (undergraduate-only teams may also enter DEBUT). Strong BMEidea submissions define a problem and demonstrate the development of a device, product, or technology designed to solve it. Examples include but are not limited to: surgical devices, home health care devices, diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative applications, rehabilitative and assistive technologies, or other innovations that will have a substantial impact on clinical care and patient outcomes.
Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged to apply and may include undergraduate students from diverse fields such as business, nursing, physical therapy, life sciences, physical sciences, or other related disciplines. Inter-institutional collaborations are also encouraged; in these cases we require a faculty advisor from each institution. Each team must include at least one engineering student.
BMEidea awards are presented each year at the MD&M East Medical Device Trade Show and Convention. Competition winners will receive cash awards ($10,000 first place, $5,000 second place, and $2,500 third place) as well as access to resources to be used for further development and commercialization of their products. Cash prizes will be disbursed to each of the winning team’s departments to be allocated at the discretion of the faculty advisor. In addition, the first place institution will get to display the BMEidea trophy in their winning department for the year.
The BMEidea competition deadline is Wednesday, April 6, 2016 and winners will be announced at the MD&M Medical Device Trade Show & Convention.
To apply and to learn more, visit: https://venturewell.org/students/bmeidea/