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.
Concept Generation Phase (September - December)
Prototyping/Product Development Phase (January - April)
6th: Patent Workshop (Time and Location to be announced)
20th: Term Sheet Negotiation (Time and Location to be announced)
4th: Venture Capital Workshop (Time and Location to be announced)
20th: How to Pitch Your Product Workshop (Time and Location to be announced)
31st: Document Submission
9th from 6-8pm: Competition Night, Utah State Capitol
B2B 2013-2014 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 prize is given to the team who best designed their project with the user in mind.
2013-2014 Leadership Team
|Graduate Engineering Chair
Ahrash is an undergraduate student seeking a BS in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in Electrical Engineering at the University of Utah. His research interests in the lies in electrical medical devices and in the fields of electrophysiology and cardiovascular function. His end goal is to continue to graduate school and receive a PhD in either bioengineering or electrical engineering with an emphasis in medicine.
Ahrash has competed in the Bench 2 Bedside competition since it first started and helped since the second year. Ahrash and his team mates won in the 2nd annual competition and they have patented a device. His team and himself are currently researching and working towards clinical testing of their product and hope to have it out in market in the upcoming years.
|Health Sciences Chair
|Health Sciences Chair||
Lynn Nhi Nguyen
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- B2B Competition Guidelines and Rules Agreement
- B2B Clinical Problems List
- B2B Confidential Disclosure Agreement
- B2B Engineering Student Example
- B2B Medical Student Example
- B2B Annotated Bibliography Template
- B2B Competition Requirements
- B2B Device Specifications Template
- B2B Engineering Feasibility Form
- B2B General Judging
- B2B Business Judging Criteria
- B2B Idea Submission Form
- B2B Marketing Requirements Template
- B2B User Needs Template
- B2B Prototyping Fund Reimbursement Form
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.