panthers awarded the highest prize of $10,000
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – A tool designed by Florida Tech college students for the early detection and dynamic monitoring of breast most cancers was awarded the highest prize of $10,000 in seed funding at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical College’s annual Launch Your Enterprise enterprise competitors this month.
EarlyByrd, from the group of Bindi Nagda, a third-year Ph.D. utilized arithmetic main, Nashaita Patrawalla, a first-year Ph.D. biomedical engineering main, Harold Raghunandan, a senior software program engineering main, and Lilah Henderson, a second-year grasp’s pupil in chemical engineering, competed in opposition to 5 different startups in a 10-minute pitch competitors, adopted by a question-and-answer session, earlier than a panel of judges.
Second place and its $5,000 award went to Guardian Structural Well being from Embry-Riddle pupil Maricarin Minnock.
Her firm goals to fabricate fiber-optic sensing methods that monitor the structural well being of bridges with the purpose of figuring out bridges in want of restore earlier than catastrophic collapses have the prospect to happen.
Third place and its $3,000 award went to Medusa Filtration System from Embry-Riddle pupil Nicholas Heath. His firm is searching for funding to construct a big prototype of a regenerative water-filtration machine.
“The aim of this competitors is to acknowledge and award university-led startups which have revolutionary concepts that may change the way forward for engineering, aviation, and aerospace industries,” mentioned Stephanie Miller, Ph.D., government director of know-how switch and Analysis Park initiatives, who oversees Launch Your Enterprise.
This isn’t the primary recognition for EarlyByrd. It gained first place within the Electrical/Laptop Science Monitor on the Biomedical Engineering Society-Medtronic Design Competitors on the 2021 BMES Annual Assembly.
The mission has been ongoing for over a yr and happened when Nagda, a local of Kenya, was impressed to discover a approach to assist the underserved residents in her nation.
“Regardless of the appearance of medical know-how and exponential development of know-how, a variety of under-resourced communities have nonetheless been left behind or are nonetheless struggling to have entry to those assets, so we’re making an attempt to develop this product in order that it’s accessible, low price and is one thing that, no matter somebody’s socioeconomic background, they’ve entry to,” Nagda informed Florida Tech beforehand.
“Rising up in Kenya I positively noticed how know-how has been one thing that has helped the underserved however they’re not having sufficient entry to it, so that is actually our motivating issue why we wish this product on the market.”
The patent-pending machine would scan breast tissue and use machine studying to create a picture that might point out the presence of tumors within the tissue if there have been any.
Sufferers can use the cellular app to attach with the machine and look at their medical scans through the app.
The app can also be used as a approach for sufferers to attach with docs who can evaluation their medical information and counsel the subsequent steps.
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