USC Stevens awards innovation at USC Biomedical Engineering event


USC Stevens recently awarded $500 in prizes to USC biomedical engineering students at the 20th Annual Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium.

In honoring projects embodying innovation, the USC Stevens Center for Innovation awarded $350 for 1st prize winner Yuta Ando (pictured on right) and his project titled, “A Tumor-on-Chip Platform Replicating a Hypoxic Environment,” which designs a novel tool for cancer research, specifically addressing hypoxia, the state in which oxygen is deficient in tissues that plays a key role in cancer development. The 2nd prize ($150) winner was Xuechen Huang (pictured on left) for his project, “Neurostimulation Exercise Strategy for Urinary Stress Incontinence,” which is a cutting-edge implant that exercises and strengthens key pelvic muscles to address a problem that 50 percent of post-menopausal women face: unexpected leakage of urine.

Members of the USC Stevens team judged competition entries for the two awards at the symposium held on April 1, 2016 at USC’s Town and Gown.

The annual event is hosted by USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering to showcase the research of biomedical engineering graduate students.

Michael Arciero (Director of Licensing, pictured in center), Lawrence Lau (Associate Director, Corporate Collaborations, Physical Sciences) and Licensing Associate Moumita Chakraborty attended and judged the event. USC Stevens has previously sponsored and judged prizes at the Grodins research symposium.

–By Peijean Tsai, USC Stevens, published April 18, 2016. Photo courtesy of USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering.