Stevens Center Awards Ostrow Researchers

Award winners Esmat Sodagar (Most Disruptive) and Lauren Yen (Best Commercial Potential) are pictured with Michael Arciero, Director of Technology Licensing at the Stevens Center.

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation sponsored and awarded two innovation prizes at the Ostrow School of Dentistry’s Annual Research Day, held April 10, 2019, at the USC Galen Center.

Michael Arciero (Director of Technology Licensing and New Ventures), Donaldson Santos (Associate Director of Licensing, Life Sciences) and Licensing Associates Bonnie Wolfe and Kate Rodriguez from the Stevens Center attended and served as judges at the event. In judging the competition entries, Stevens Center judges considered whether a submission demonstrated potential as a highly novel healthcare solution that could positively impact society.

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation gave out two awards of $250 each:

  • Most Disruptive: Esmat Sodagar for the project “Real time monitoring of the formation and removal of biofilms from clinical-related pathogens using an impedance-based technology”
  • Best Commercial Potential: Lauren Yen for a project “3D printing of custom nasal stents for babies with cleft lip and palate”

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation has sponsored and judged prizes at the annual event since 2007, when the Ostrow School of Dentistry launched its annual research day. The event highlights innovative research being conducted by Ostrow faculty, staff and students in the dentistry, dental hygiene, physical therapy, biokinesiology, occupational science and occupational therapy programs.

Visit the Ostrow School of Dentistry website for more information about the Annual Research Day.

–By USC Stevens Center for Innovation staff, published April 11, 2019.