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Engineering student teams sweep 2017 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

March 2, 2017

EpiForAll winners with prize check
Photo credit: Matt Hagen / UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

Congratulations to EpiForAll, BWB Anesthesia and PlayGait, engineering student teams that placed first, second and third in the 2017 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) hosted by the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship!

EpiForAll took home the $15,000 Hollomon Family grand prize. The team consists of mechanical engineering, business and pharmacy students. This was their second year of competing with their affordable emergency epinephrine auto injector used to treat anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

The $10,000 Herbert B. Jones Foundation second place prize went to BWB Anesthesia for their electricity-free portable anesthetic device that aims to improve access to inhaled anesthesia in low-resource settings. The team includes students from bioengineering and the Foster School of Business.

The judges awarded PlayGait the $5,000 Fenwick & West third place prize. The team of mechanical engineering and business students developed an adjustable, affordable, non-electric exoskeleton to support in-home walking practice for kids with neuromuscular disorders.

Two $1,000 “Judges Also Really Liked” (JARL) awards were handed out to ACBI and Quinton PHSH. ACBI has developed an automated continuous bladder irrigation process for urology patients post-surgery, and Quinton PHSH has created belt that provides stoma protection and abdominal wall support against herniation.

This year’s HIC competition featured 20 student teams seeking to address problems in health, wellness and healthcare through innovation. Read more about the 2017 HIC.