USC Stevens Awards Innovation Prizes at 2018 Ostrow School of Dentistry Research Day

Ana Torres and Michael ArcieroThe USC Stevens Center for Innovation sponsored and awarded two innovation prizes at the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry’s Annual Research Day on April 4, 2018. The daylong event at USC’s Galen Center included invited speakers from a number of disciplines along with a poster session, vendor fair, and awards in several categories.

Michael Arciero (Director of Technology Licensing and New Ventures), Donaldson Santos (Associate Director of Licensing, Life Sciences) and Licensing Associates Bonnie Wolfe and Moumita Chakraborty from the USC Stevens Center for Innovation attended and served as judges at the event. In judging the competition entries, USC Stevens 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: Ana Torres for her project “Programmable Orthodontic Expander for Treating Cleft Lip and Palate Patients” (shown in photo with Michael Arciero)
  • Best Commercial Potential: Casey Griffin for a project on “Neural Crest-Derived Forebrain Pericytes in Development and Disease”

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation has sponsored and judged prizes since 2007, when the Ostrow School of Dentistry Annual Research Day was launched. Research projects showcased at the event include entries by student, staff, and faculty researchers at the Ostrow School of Dentistry, as well as in the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.

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

–By USC Stevens Center for Innovation staff, published May 3, 2018.