News Releases
NCIIA Awards Top Collegiate Biomedical Engineering Teams
June 9, 2010

New York, NY – Congratulations to the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) team from Johns Hopkins University for winning this year's Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Award (BMEidea) Competition—a national competition celebrating student biomedical innovation.

The BMEidea Competition, now in its sixth year, is open to collegiate teams from NCIIA member institutions from across the United States. First place—an award of $10,000—was awarded to the Rapid Hypothermia Induction Device team from Johns Hopkins University. Working to combat cardiac arrest, the Johns Hopkins team has designed a device that emergency or ambulance personnel can use to quickly and safely administer a therapeutic hypothermia treatment to patients and improve their chances of survival upon reaching the hospital.

The second-place prize of $2,500 was awarded to OneBreath, a team from Stanford University who developed a low-cost ventilator for use in developing nations and large-scale disasters. Third place, and $1,000 in cash, was presented to Natural Orifice Volume Enlargement (NOVEL) Device from the University of Cincinnati. The device enables an incision-free approach to urogynecological procedures by providing improved visibility and access to deep target tissues within the peritoneal cavity.

Read the full press release here:

About BMEidea

BMEidea is the brainchild of the BME Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance, a consortium of BME faculty from NCIIA member institutions with an interest in stimulating innovative design and entrepreneurial approaches in the biomedical field. First held in 2005, winners of this annual competition are selected from some of the nation's top biomedical engineering departments and are judged by a panel of faculty and industry representatives. Winners are required to solve a pressing clinical problem; meet technical, economic, legal and regulatory requirements; feature a novel and practical design; and show potential for commercialization. For more information, please see

About the NCIIA

The NCIIA achieves positive and sustainable social and environmental impact through technological innovation by providing end-to-end service grants, mentoring and other experiential resources to higher education institutions. With support from The Lemelson Foundation, the National Science Foundation and a membership of nearly 200 colleges and universities from all over the United States, the NCIIA engages more than 5,000 student entrepreneurs each year, leveraging their respective campuses as working laboratories and incubators for businesses and ultimately helping them to bring their concepts to commercialization. For more information, please visit