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Biomedical undergrads take second place in inventor competition

The BarrierASAP Team

From left to right: David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Thom Ruhe, Director of Entrepreneurship for the Kauffman Foundation; the BarrierASAP team of Anthony Sprangers, Alexander Johnson, Patrick Cassidy and Sean Heyrman; and Jeff Pan, Global Pharmaceutical Discovery for Abbott.

Biomedical engineering undergraduates Patrick Cassidy, Sean Heyrman, Alexander Johnson and Anthony Sprangers took second place in the Collegiate Inventors Competition on November 15. Starting out as a biomedical design course project, the team’s winning concept was a fluid barrier for ablation procedures that changes into a gel state at body temperature, requiring less fluid and potentially making the ablation procedure safe for patients for whom it would otherwise not be a viable option.

Mark Riechers
11/29/2011