First Annual SMD-AIN Center “Big Ideas in Science and Medicine” Pitch Competition Winners!

This year CMTI students were awarded First and Second place in the First Annual SMD-AIN Center “Big Ideas in Science and Medicine” Pitch Competition! Each team had to prepare a 3-minute pitch of a venture solving an issue in the medical or biotech space. Once the pitches were approved, students moved on to the presentation round where they presented live over Zoom. The panel of judges, which consisted of 3 University of Rochester Alumni had 5 minutes of Q&A with each of the 9 teams.

First Place went to the STIMedical (standing for “Safe Trocar Insertion Medical). This team consisted of CMTI M.S. students, Lucas Lassinger, Hadi Wehbe, and Stephen Wells and won a grand prize of $500!

Steve Wells, Hadi Wehbe, and Lucas Lassinger

Second Place went to CMTI M.S. students, Allison Coon, Abbi Miller, and Sylvia Zhong who took home $250 to go towards their ORIF device.

Allie Coon, Abbi Miller, and Sylvia Zhong

Congratulations to all teams who participated and to the CMTI students who took home First and Second place!

CMTI Graduates: Where Are They Now?

Recent CMTI Graduate Andrew Hirsh, has just announced his start as Design Assurance Engineer II at NxStage Medical, Inc. Congratulations Andrew, we are excited to see all you accomplish in this next chapter!  Click the link to connect with Andrew!   Congratulations to Julia Schroth, as she begins at Illuminous! Click…

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Jennifer Beahan; Biocomx

We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Beahan will be joining Biocomx as an Assistant Project Facilitator.  She will be a contractor on the special RADx Program of the NIH; a special initiative dedicated to Covid-19 projects. Some of her job duties will include: o Identification of technologies with strong potential for…

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Paul Buckley

The Buffalo News Director of Technology   Applied Sciences Group Former President “A very special appreciation to the U of R and the Biomedical Engineering department for their commitment to educating students beyond the usual engineering curriculum.  That they are required to have an understanding of quality systems, project management…

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Christian Keenan

University of Massachusetts Medical School CMTI was an amazing experience. It not only reinforced important topics from undergrad, but also taught me how to truly analyze problems. Not only did I learn more about how medical device development works in industry, but I also learned how complex the dynamics between…

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Gavin Hambrose

Aesculap Design Engineer The CMTI program prepared me to easily make the transition to working in the medical device industry. I’ve been given many different responsibilities and projects and have been able to pick things up and learn the industry much faster than if I had tried to make the…

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