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The Bench-to-Bedside competition is an exciting and vibrant program designed to introduce medical students, engineering students and business students to the fascinating world of medical device innovation.

The Bench-to-Bedside program began as a beta-test for the BioInnovate program, but has quickly become our most popular and dominant student program. Student teams form into multidisciplinary “start-up” companies and are given the task of identifying an unmet clinical need. Teams are given access to over 100 University physicians from a broad area of specialties to serve as their consultants, key opinion leaders and stakeholders. The teams have six months and a $500.00 development fund to develop medical device concepts that address their identified need. In that six-month time period students will have evaluated the IP landscape, prototyped their design and constructed a business plan.

The program culminates in a formal presentation of all team projects at an annual awards competition. The event draws participation from faculty physicians, residents, industry leaders, venture capital firms and the highest echelons of the University leadership. The team projects are evaluated and scored for business strategy, design quality and healthcare impact by a VIP panel of judges. The top teams are awarded over $70,000 in prizes intended to provide initial funding to support further project development.

The enthusiasm for the Bench-to-Bedside has been remarkable from its inception. In the first year of the competition, over 100 students participated, forming 14 entrepreneurial teams. The creativity and “out-of-the-box” thinking shown resulted in very unique design concepts, several of which are currently heading toward commercialization. In previous years, the Bench-to-Bedside competition has drawn a pool of over 180 students and nearly half of the entire first, and second-year medical school class.

Past Bench-to-Bedside competitions:

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Each participant needs to register so that we can add you to Canvas and keep in contact with you.  Also, one member of each team needs to register the team so we know who is working together.  Registration can be done with the following links.
Individual Participant Sign up:
Team Formation Sign Up:
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All 2013-2014 B2B Competition Videos are listed below. They can also be found on the Bench-to-Bedside University of Utah YouTube Channel. To change the quality settings of the videos, please select the gear icon near the bottom right corner of each video.

If you have been asked to be a video judge, but have not received the judging form please contact us at

All judging forms must be submitted by April 6, 2014 at 11:59 pm. 

Judging Guidelines and Overview: 

Pre-judging Video = 1/2 Judging Score; Competition Night Judging = 1/2 Score 
Grand Prize = Highest combination score of Medicine, Engineering, Business, & Consumer’s Choice
Runner Up (2) = Next highest combination score of Medicine, Engineering, Business, & Consumer’s Choice
All teams will be judged for Medicine, Engineering, Business, & Consumer's Choice Awards.

2013-2014 Videos:

Team 1 - 6S Medical LLC/Troclosure™

Team 4 - TriagePro

Team 5 - Hide-A-Fix

Team 7 - Just Relax

Team 8 - CHIMP

Team 9 - +Elegance

Team 16 - Cervical Scope

Team 17 - Insta-Chair

 Team 19 - 3MEDx

Team 20 - Retinal Permeability Device

Team 21 - TRECC

Team 24 - PercVac

 Team 25 - StreamDx  

Team 26 - OsteoGenesis™

Team 27 - Anasta) (Guard™

Team 29 - 3D Surgical Stereo-Microscope 

Team 31 - Handy Habits

Team 32 - Thermotoscope

Team 34 - Navitas

Team 35 - Oculus Medical Viewer

Team 37 - I.V. Wrangler

Team 39 - Lighted Trocar

Team 40 - GameTime Medical (GT/M)

Team 41 - Penephriend

Team 43 - S3

Team 44 - SENSA-ICP sensor

Team 45 - Balloon Lock

Team 46A - A.I.R. (Abdominal Insufflation Rescuer)

Team 46B - HUVI (Hand-powered Ultra Violet Irradiator)

Team 48 - LuerLite

Team 50 - Mechanical Syringe

Team 51 - PRO-MD

Team 54 - ExamSnap

Team 57 - FeControl

Team 58 - InSpeculator

Team 59 - hydraMD

Team 60 - BlueSeal

Team 62 - CapnoGO

Team 63 - KidneyGuard

Team 65 - Protect the Elderly from falls

Team 66 - Vitaboard

Team 68 - Anti-infective Intraocular Needle

Team 70 - Dyna Dialysis

Team 71 - MPIDs

Team 74 - Rox Rap

EAE/Software Teams

Global Health Teams

Green Teams

Sex & Gender Differences Teams

4 TriagePro

7 Just Relax


25 StreamDx

34 Navitas

35 Oculus Medical Viewer

40 GameTime Medical

41 Penephriend

44 SENSA-ICP Sensor


57 FeControl

59 hydraMD

63 KidneyGuard

65 Protect Elderly from Falls

70 Dyna Dialysis

1 6S Medical LLC/Troclosure™

4 TriagePro

5 Hide-A-Fix

7 Just Relax


16 Cervical Scope

17 Insta-Chair

19 3MEDx

20 Retinal Permeability Device


24 PercVac

25 StreamDx

29 3D Surgical Sterio-Microscope

31 Handy Habits

32 Thermotoscope

39 Lighted Trocar

41 Penephriend

43 S3

45 Balloon Lock

46A A.I.R.


48 LeurLite

50 Mechanical Syringe


54 ExamSnap

57 FeControl

58 InSpeculator

60 BlueSeal

62 CapnoGO

63 KidneyGuard

65 Protect the Elderly from Falls

66 Elan

70 Dyna Dialsys

71 MPIDs

74 Rox Rap

4 TriagePro

5 Hide-A-Fix

7 Just Relax

27 Anasta) (Guard

37 I.V. Wrangley

41 Penephriend


48 LuerLite


57 FeControl

62 CapnoGO

63 KidneyGuard

70 Dyna Dialysis

71 MPIDs

74 Rox Rap

1 6S Medical LLC/Troclosure™

5 Hide-A-Fix

7 Just Relax


16 Cervical Scope


25 StreamDx

41 Penephriend

45 Balloon Lock

50 Mechanical Syringe


57 FeControl

58 InSpeculator

68 Anti-infective Intraocular Needle

70 Dyna Dialysis

71 MPIDs

74 Rox Rap

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Competition Prep Workshop

March 10, 2015
Location HSEB 1750
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm

How to Prepare for the Upcoming Competition Night.
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2014-2015 Timeline

Concept Generation Phase (September - December)

23rd: from 6-8pm: Bench to Bedside Kickoff Event, Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Room 7180
7th from 6-8 pm: Health Sciences Kickoff Event, Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), Room 1750
8th from 6-8 pm: Engineering Kickoff Event, Warnock Engineering Building (WEB), Room Catmull Gallery
9th from 6-8 pm:  Business Kickoff Event, Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Room 7180
29th from 5:30-7:00 pm: Idea Generation Workshop, Health Science Education Building (HSEB), Room 1730
12th from 9-11 am: Trademark Basics: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later, Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium
19th from 6-8 pm: Meet the Mentor Event, Team Pairing with the Industrial Board, Location HSEB Alumni Hall

Prototyping/Product Development Phase (January - April)

22nd from 5:30-7:00 pm: Patents & Prior Art Workshop, HSEB First Floor
10th from 5:30-7:00 pm: How to Prepare for Upcoming Competition Night, HSEB 1750
8th from 6:00-9:00 pm: 5th Annual Bench to Bedside Competition Night, Utah State Capitol Rotunda
*DISCLAIMER: These dates are subject to change
*See Forms Tab, for more specific on document due dates.
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Forms & Due Dates:

Due March 16, 2015:

  1. Patent Documents (choose one of the following three options)
  2. Schedule a session with B2B videographer. This video will be an important part of prejudging. You will have three minutes to cover the information listed in the following outline:

Due March 30, 2015:

  1. 300 Word Abstract - B2B Abstract Template
  2. Annotated Bibliography - B2B Annotated Bibligraphy Template
  3. Engineering Documents - B2B Marketing Requirements Template, B2B Device Specifications Template

Competition Night - Utah State Capitol, 6-9 pm, April 8, 2015

Judging Rubrics 

Useful Forms:

How you can contribute:

Reimbursement (Prototyping & Expenses):

Prize Money and Awards

Milestone (Seedfunding)


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B2B 2014-2015 PRIZES


Grand prize ($15,000) - awarded to the team that represents the very best of the Bench to Bedside competition. They will have excelled in all areas of the competition and represent the best in business, engineering, and medicine.

(2) Runner up Award ($10,000) - presented to the two teams which overall had outstanding projects and deserve top recognition for their efforts in all areas on the competition.

Best EAE Award ($5,000) - given to the team for the most outstanding achievements in the field of EAE. The award will go to the team that has shown the greatest achievements in their EAE design, proof of concept, and deliverables.

Best in Engineering Award ($5,000) - given to the team for the most outstanding achievements in the field of Engineering. It will go to the team that has shown the greatest scientific and engineering achievements in their design, proof of concept, and deliverables.

Best in Business Award ($5,000) - given to the team for the most outstanding achievements in the field of Business. The award will go to the team that presents the best pre-business plan and marketing strategy for taking their project to a higher level.

Best in Medicine Award ($5,000) - given to the team for the most outstanding achievements in the field of Medicine. The award will go to the team that has the greatest positive impact on physicians and patients.

Best Global Health Award ($5,000) - presented to the team whose device best addresses the health care needs of the developing world. They will embody the true spirit of humanitarianism and entrepreneurship.

Best “Green” Award ($5,000) - presented to the team that shows the largest positive impact in “Green” technology and/or resource management.

Consumers Choice Award ($5,000) - judged by potential consumers and users of the medical devices. The award is given to the team who best designed their project with the user in mind.

Library Innovation Team Award ($2000) - judged by the Library Innovation Team. More details to come.

2014-2015 Leadership Team


Ashley Langell

Ashley Langell is a second year medical student at the University of Utah.  Prior to medical school, she studied psychology and pre-medicine at the University of Utah where she received her Bachelor of Science degree.  During her time as an undergraduate student Ashley developed an avid interest in research, working on various projects with the University of Utah’s Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Chemical Engineering departments.  Currently, she is designing and implementing a research trial studying pediatric gliomas with the Department of Pediatric Oncology.  As a first year medical student Ashley was drawn to biomedical innovation and student entrepreneurship by the potential for quick translation of ideas and research into functional solutions.  She became involved with Bench to Bedside as both a participant and Committee Chair.  This year, she is excited to be heading the program alongside co-president Greg Gardner.

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Greg Gardner

Greg is currently a co-president of Bench-to-Bedside and a second-year medical student at the University of Utah.  Before medical school, he undergraduate and Master's degrees in biomedical engineering at the U.  His research interests include applying image processing and scientific computing techniques for the detection and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. He has a passion for medical technology innovation and entrepreneurship. In his free time, he is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time in the outdoors and with friends and family.  Greg is excited for the chance to pursue his passions of medicine and engineering as a physician, scientist, and innovator.

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Graduate Enigneering Chair

Rami M. Shorti

Rami M. Shorti is currently a final year PhD candidate at the University of Utah and a Lead Biomechanical Engineer at Intermountain Healthcare's Transformation Lab. His PhD research emphasis is in Biomechanical Engineering specifically lower limb Biomechanics and Rehabilitation.  Rami's experience and education has been focused on User-Centric Design and was strengthened through the fulfillment of a Fellowship in Ergonomics and Human Factors.  During his fellowship Rami was able to work in an interdisciplinary environment and study various topics (Clinical, Engineering, Statistics, and Epidemiology). Prior to pursuing a PhD, Rami earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (Emphasis in Instrumentation and Design) from Brigham Young University in 2006. Rami worked professionally as a Mechanical Design Engineer and then pursued and received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah with emphasis on Ergonomics and Human Factors.  Rami consulted for several local companies and start-up companies and his involvement included R&D, market research, and grant proposal write-up through SBIR program and other entities.  Rami has also been involved in academia through teaching several engineering coursework at the University of Utah and as an adjunct faculty member at the SLCC.  Rami enjoys teaching, learning, inventing, and looks for opportunities to help others.

Rami Shorti

Need more funding?

Bench-to-Bedside is pleased to announce a new collaboration for milestone funding with the Startup Center for Students (StaC) and the Utah Entrepreneur Club. If your B2B team needs future funding please submit an application HERE.

Your application will be reviewed and if selected, you will be given a date to pitch your proposal for more funding provided through Bench-to-Bedside.Details and dates can be found on the website listed above.

Want to take your project further?
Check out the Utah Entrepreneur Series HERE.

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