USC Stevens gives innovation awards at USC Biomedical Engineering event








The USC Stevens Center for Innovation recently sponsored and awarded two innovation prizes at the the 21st Annual Grodins Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation gave out two awards, each for $250 and titled “Most Innovative” and “Best Commercial Potential” at the event held April 14, 2017 at the USC Radisson Hotel:

  • Best Commercial Potential: Joycelyn K. Yip, “Engineering a Multi-Tissue Heart-on-a-Chip for Human Cardiac Disease Modeling” (pictured above with Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering Ellis Meng and Michael Arciero, USC Stevens Director of Technology Licensing & New Ventures)
  • Most Innovative: Ahuva W. Hirschberg, “Creation of Parylene Neural Probe Array that Anatomically Targets and Records from the Rat Hippocampus” (pictured below with Michael Arciero)

Michael Arciero (Director of Technology Licensing & New Ventures), Lawrence Lau (Associate Director, Corporate Collaborations) and Licensing Associate Moumita Chakraborty joined from the USC Stevens Center for Innovation to attend and judge the event. The USC Stevens Center for Innovation has previously sponsored and judged prizes at the annual event. The symposium is held by USC Viterbi School of Engineering‘s Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and features biomedical engineering graduate students at the University of Southern California showcasing their research.

The daylong event included graduate student presentations and a poster session, a department chair address by Dr. Ellis Meng, a panel on the development and future of biomedical engineering, and an awards ceremony. The graduate research symposium was open to USC BME Faculty, USC BME Ph.D. Students, and specially invited guests.

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–by USC Stevens Center for Innovation staff, published April 21, 2017