Student Teams Selected for 2019 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge Finals

Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge is March 6College students from across the Pacific Northwest will showcase their health and healthcare innovations at the 2019 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) on Wednesday, March 6. The twenty-two finalist teams (detailed below) are vying for up to $15,000 in startup funding awards at the competition hosted by Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington.

Seventy-five entrepreneurs, investors, and health professionals from the region helped screen the applications and choose the finalists from a record pool of 47 entries. UW teams participating in the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge feature dozens of graduate and undergraduate students from a dozen schools and departments across the Seattle campus. Teams who were not selected to advance received valuable feedback from the panel which could lead to success down the road, if they choose to apply for the Dempsey Startup Competition (formerly the UW Business Plan Competition) or the Jones + Foster Accelerator.

Good luck to the 2019 competitors!

Appiture seeks to revolutionize the detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children with a cheap and easy-to-use hardware coupled phone application.

  • Washington State University (Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Veterinary Medicine)

BioMech’s GripGlove is a low-profile robotic glove that improves dexterity and grip strength for people with loss of hand function.

  • Washington State University (Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering)

BWB Prosthetics
We are developing an adjustable, above-knee prosthetic socket specifically designed to accommodate changes in the residual limb of people with lower limb loss in low- and middle-income areas.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering, Engineering, Rehabilitation Medicine)

CathAlign seeks to address the process of maintaining the level of PAC transducers which ICU nurses frequently perform on advanced heart failure patients to ensure accurate clinical judgments and improve patient care.

  • University of Washington (Mechanical Engineering)

CORE Patient Monitoring (formerly BWB Patient Monitoring)
BWB Patient Monitoring is developing an exhaled CO2 monitor specifically designed to overcome challenges presented in low-resource settings like Malawi and other countries.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering)

Crimson Medical Solutions
We have developed a device that groups and labels intravenous (IV) lines that will help ICU nurses create a more organized, safe environment for their patients.

  • Washington State University (Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Business, Communications)

DevCo Diagnostics
Our project is to develop a one-step, cancer diagnostic device capable of multiplex detection from a human serum sample.

  • Washington State University (Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering), University of Washington (Business)

DopCuff (formerly LVAD Blood Pressure Monitor)
We are developing a device that aims to better allow nurses to obtain accurate blood pressure readings in Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) patients both in the ICU and eventually in an outpatient setting.

  • University of Washington (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering)

Electrosolar Oxygen
ElectroSolar Oxygen is building a solar-powered oxygen concentrator for patients in underserved communities that is both sustainable and cost-affordable.

  • University of Washington (Chemical Engineering, Business)

Elixir connects uninsured populations with healthcare services in their communities, combining in-person outreach with a mobile app.

  • University of Washington (Biochemistry)

Global Water Labs
Global Water Labs offers technical expertise to local water providers in impoverished, resource-constrained regions to pilot and scale up low-cost drinking water treatment technologies.

  • University of Washington (Medicine and Genome Sciences, Business, Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Hava is an air filtration product that reduces household air pollution in low-resource settings through the innovative use of coconut shells.

  • University of Washington (Engineering)

InOrtho (formerly Inertial Orthopedics)
Inertial Orthopedics offers an assistive tool to optimize physical therapists workflow and incentivize patients to complete their treatment plan by visualizing progress.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering)

Insulin Anywhere
Insulin Anywhere is developing a portable, standalone device that provides everything needed for a diabetic to safely treat themselves with injections for up to 10 days.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering)

The Nanodropper is an affordable, universal eyedropper adaptor that decreases the volume of oversized eyedrops to reduce cost, waste, and side effects, ultimately increasing access to expensive prescription eye medications.

  • University of Washington (Pharmacology, Bioengineering), Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine (Medicine)

Novita is an ethical online marketplace that connects older adults and family caregivers to vetted service providers after an acute hospital stay or medical event.

  • University of Washington (Rehab Medicine, Biomedical Informatics)

Optheia enables patient-doctor interactions outside of the clinic by building tools to make photo communication easy for patients and standardized and quantifiable for doctors.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering, Business)

Pallicera (formerly ChemE.mulsion)
ChemE.muslion is overcoming the biggest barrier in pediatric medication through an enhanced taste-masking technology.

  • University of Washington (Engineering, Business)

Pulmora has developed an emergency autonomous ventilator to be applied by the layperson, to a downed patient that has stopped breathing.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering)

PuriCake is a bio-degradable urinal cake that breaks down pharmaceuticals in urine to prevent them from polluting the water supply.

  • University of Washington (Chemical Engineering)

RoboBeat (formerly High-Fidelity Sound System for Medical Manikin)
A way to enable novice medical learners to physically practice auscultating sounds to improve their diagnostic confidence and accuracy.

  • University of Washington (Mechanical Engineering)

To reinvent the exudate and containment system for negative pressure wound therapy to allow patients to live their daily lives uninhibited.

  • University of Washington (Bioengineering)

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