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Fri, 03/05/2021

EIH Team Places at Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

Under Pressure places at the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge! Check out the awards ceremony here
More information on HIC can be found here

Fri, 01/15/2021

Past EIH Team wins WE-REACH go-to-market award!

Congratulations to Taylor Sawyer and his team! Taylor Sawyer, DO, M. Ed and his team are designing a device to make neonatal intubation safer and easier. This go-to-market award provides funding, additional resources, and guidance to help transform their idea into an impactful solution!

Fri, 12/11/2020

EIH Team awarded the CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund!

H2neO, an EIH Team of 2019, is focusing on the prevention and treatment of neonatal dehydration in resource-limited settings. This interdisciplinary engineering student team includes Jenny Cho, Trixie Ip, Josh Chong, Kay Keyi Zhou, Jan Silva, Caroline Johnson, Eric Jeong, Cory Lam. They are partnered with Gregory Valentine, MD MEd FAAP and Krystle Perez, MD, MPH from UW Neonatology. Way to go H2neO!

Thu, 09/10/2020 | UW Mechanical Engineering

EIH teams up with regional first responders on mask decontamination

Thanks to a unique and innovative Washington partnership, first responders have a new tool for the pandemic.

Thu, 08/06/2020

Engineering innovations offer promise during pandemic

The global spread of COVID-19 has brought health care to the front and center of society’s challenges. While some engineers have pivoted their work to confront coronavirus head on, others are approaching existing health care problems that the global crisis is calling new attention to. “COVID-19 has created many challenges for our health care system and clinicians are coming to us to develop technical solutions to those unmet needs,” says ME and chemical engineering professor Jonathan Posner. Posner, who was recently named ME’s Richard and Victoria Harrington Professor in Engineering Innovation in Health, directs the Engineering Innovation in Health (EIH) program for the UW. Entering its eighth year, EIH has become a rallying point for connecting health care experts with problem-solving engineering students and faculty. The program asks clinicians to propose unmet health-related needs and selects the most promising ones for a team of engineering students to tackle. The program ends with a capstone project requiring the students to build a functional prototype and has already resulted in more than 43 prototype medical devices. Some projects stop there, but many of the best move to commercialization. “The global COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the importance of the relationship between medical practitioners and engineers,” says EIH executive director and ME teaching professor Soyoung Kang. “We’ve been thrust into a situation that’s underscoring to the entire world the need for innovation. It’s extremely motivating to everyone in our program and I believe will lead to some very important advances.” Three projects with their origins in EIH exemplify the potential for engineering inventions that, if successful in prototyping, clinical trials and the marketplace, could improve care and save lives:

Fri, 07/17/2020

Mechanical goes virtual

This spring, the UW transitioned to a fully online education model in light of COVID-19, requiring instructors to quickly adjust and implement their courses remotely. Undoubtedly, the requirement has been a challenge. Instructors scrambled to gather drawing tablets, test software and recreate lesson plans. Meanwhile students have had to navigate the demands of a very different learning environment. Student engineering competitions, a highlight of the year, have been canceled or changed to design-based formats. But engineers are problem-solvers, and amidst the difficulties, many of ME’s faculty, staff and students have stepped up with determination and creativity.

Wed, 07/15/2020

Four Teams Accepted to EIH Summer Incubator

Congratulations to the four teams from the 2019-2020 EIH program who are continuing their projects with the EIH summer incubator.

Fri, 06/05/2020

130+ Attend The Virtual 2020 Engineering Innovation in Health Spring Symposium

We had 130+ attendees at the 2020 Engineering Innovation in Health Spring Symposium for our 2020 graduating class. The event featured recorded pitches followed by breakout rooms with live poster presentations and Q/A.

Congratulations to our graduating 2020 teams! Seven teams of students comprising multiple engineering disciplines from undergraduate and graduate programs collaborated with clinical mentors to define and solve unmet challenges in healthcare throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. The 2019-2020 teams were

  • H2Neo: Neonatal IV Fluid Pumps, UW Neonatology
  • SimpleSight: Nasopharynx Visualization, Seattle Children's Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • MindMend: Migraine Biofeedback, UW Child Neurology
  • SensitIV: Bedside Fluid Monitoring, UW Surgery
  • SleepAssist: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, UW Sleep Medicine
  • C-O-You: EtCO2 Monitoring, Harborview Emergency Medicine, Stryker
  • Insucon: Confirmation of Insulin Pen Injection, UW Diabetes Institue, Novo Nordisk

Mon, 04/27/2020

EIH Information Session

Join us on Monday May 4th from 3:30-4:30pm to learn more about the Engineering Innovation in Health program and how to participate.

Thu, 02/27/2020

MedsForAll Granted Patent

Congratulations to MedsForAll for having a US patent issued for their "ampule auto-injector systems and methods"! Many thanks to UW CoMotion for providing the support and resources to make this happen!

Mon, 02/03/2020

Cutting Costs, Saving Lives

Congratulations to EIH alum and now EIH teaching assistant, Shawn Swanson and his startup, MedsForAll, for being featured on the UW homepage. MedsForAll started in EIH in 2016 to tackle the rising cost of epinephrine pens with an affordable and novel auto-injector, which can also be used to deliver other medications available in a glass ampule.

Tue, 01/07/2020

Instilling grit in tomorrow’s inventor-entrepreneurs: q&a with Soyoung Kang

This month’s VentureWell faculty spotlight is Soyoung Kang, Executive Director of the Engineering Innovation in Health (EIH) program at University of Washington-Seattle Campus. Kang is an active member of the VentureWell community. She’s served as a Principal Investigator for teams participating in the E-Team Grant Program. She received a Faculty Grant for a new initiative within the existing EIH program that will create commercialization teams to solve pressing health challenges.

Wed, 12/18/2019 | UW CoMotion

Fall 2019 CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund Winners

Congratulation to DopCuff, InstaQTc, and UnTape for receiving the $50,000 CoMotion Innovation Fund Award!

Fri, 10/25/2019

Bite Block accomplishments after EIH

Learn about the advances that the Bite Block team (EIH Class '18) has made in developing an innovative solution to a significant challenge in orally invasive imaging procedures.

Mon, 10/21/2019

Making medicine accessible

EIH alumnus Shawn Swanson has been featured by the College of Engineering for his development of an affordable alternative to the EpiPen through EIH project-turned startup, MedsForAll.

Thu, 10/10/2019

Dr. Eric Seibel - UW Researcher Spotlight Series

Dr. Eric Seibel, faculty member in Mechanical Engineering and member of the EIH teaching team, was recently featured in CoMotion's UW Researcher Spotlight Series. In the series, Dr. Seibel describes the innovative technologies he has created, commercialization advice and how CoMotion has supported translation of his innovations.

Thu, 09/12/2019

New EIH Summer Incubator Launched

New grant funds Engineering Innovation in Health projects for an additional 10 weeks throughout the summer.

Sun, 07/28/2019

Summer 2019 Newsletter

Read more about exciting program updates and highlights from the 2018-2019 year in our first newsletter

Sun, 07/28/2019

DopCuff Makes Jones+Foster Accelerator

Congratulations to DopCuff for being accepted into the 2019-2020 cohort of the Jones + Foster Accelerator at UW's Foster School's Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. As a Jones + Foster Accelerator company, DopCuff will receive mentorship and coaching by entrepreneurs and investors across the region, and will be eligible to earn up to $25,000 in follow-on funding.

Sun, 06/30/2019

Soyoung Kang Featured as UW IPE and Team Science Faculty Member

Soyoung Kang, PhD was featured as the UW Interprofessional Education and Team Science faculty member of June/July 2019. Learn more about her collaboration with ITHS Team Science and integration with the EIH program in this Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Research and Practice (CHSIE) featured article.

Tue, 05/28/2019 | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Why I partner with EIH

Three clinical partners share their EIH experiences: how their ideas became device-driven projects, what working with engineering students was like, and advice for others considering getting involved.

Sat, 04/27/2019

EIH Information Session

Join us on Tuesday May 7th from 5-6 pm in MEB 237 to learn more about the Engineering Innovation in Health program. Refreshments will be provided.

Mon, 03/25/2019 | UW Foster School of Business

Congratulations to EIH teams at 2019 Health Innovation Challenge

Engineering Innovation in Health teams competed again this year in the 2019 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Winning the "Judges Also Really Liked" (JARL) award and $5,000 was the team that developed DopCuff, a blood pressure monitor for end-stage patients implanted with Left Ventricle Assist Device (LVAD). Other participating teams affiliated with EIH were CathAlign (relieves nurse time/labor by automating transducers critical to treatment decisions made in Critical Care) and RoboBeat (high-fidelity sound generation in medical training manikins). All seven EIH teams this year were awarded over $12,000 in prototyping funds from the UW Buerk Center. (Photo Courtesy: Matt Hagen / UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship)