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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!

Corporate visit: Curbell Medical

The CMTI visited Curbell Medical in Orchard Park, New York. The CMTI students received a tour of the plant and heard a number of presentations from the Curbell staff including: Tom Kennedy – Director of Engineering Mike Winter – Sr. Director of Quality/Regulatory Mike Regan – Product Manager, Patient Monitoring…

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Congratulations! Brittany Garrison hired at Globus Medical!

2017 Alumnus of the CMTI program, Brittany Garrison, was hired as an Associate Product Manager by Globus Medical in the Greater Philadelphia Area.   Brittany was a member of the Orthopaedic group in 2017 that worked on a surgical probe for posterior spinal instrumented fusion (PSIF) surgery as a member of…

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Congratulations! Kerry Donnelly hired at Medtronic!

2017 Alumnus of the CMTI program, Kerry Donnelly, was hired as a Development R&D Engineer by Medtronic in Danvers, MA.  She has been placed on the team that works on transcatheter aortic valve replacement delivery tools.   Kerry was a member of the Orthopaedic group in 2017 that worked on a surgical probe…

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Congratulations! Lauren Seitz hired at Medtronic!

2017 Alumnus of the CMTI program, Lauren Seitz, was hired as an Associate Advanced Manufacturing Engineer by Medtronic in Danvers, MA.  She has been placed on the team that works on transcatheter aortic valve replacement delivery tools, which is right up her alley.   Lauren was an integral member of the Cardiovascular group…

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Congratulations! Caeli Quiter hired at CooperVision

2017 Alumnae of the CMTI program, Caeli Quiter, was recently hired to work at CooperVision at their Rochester Facility as a Continuous Improvement / Quality Assurance Engineer.  Caeli was a team member of the Anesthesiology group in 2017 that worked on a optical technique for carrying out epidural injections.  …

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