June 15, 2016
U-M Biomedical Engineering graduate design team SpecOp took home second place in the 2016 BMEidea competition. The team, comprised of recent U-M BME masters’ graduates Kyle Bettinger, Kai Cortright, Kayla Curtis, Scott Harber, and MS candidate Danika Rodrigues, received their award at the MD&M Medical Device Trade Show & Competition in New York City on June 14, 2016. Their creation, called Circulum, is a device that provides full circumferential support to the vaginal wall in order to prevent prolapse during medical procedures. This type of prolapse is an increasingly common occurrence especially in cases of obesity or multiparity. The success of the Circulum device can help clinicians make better diagnoses for diseases including cervical and endometrial cancer by allowing them better view and access to the cervix. As the second place winner, the SpecOp team will receive $5,000 to help further research and develop their device.
The BMEidea competition is the nation’s leading competition for biomedical and bioengineering students. The competition challenges students to pioneer a health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need. Find out more at: https://venturewell.org/students/bmeidea/bmeidea-winners-2016/