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NCIIA E-Teams featured in New York Times' 'Small Fixes'
October 2, 2011

In the September 26 issue of the New York Times, several projects supported through the our partners at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators’ Alliance (NCIIA) were highlighted in a special section on low-cost innovations that can save thousands of lives. Two were featured in the print edition of the newspaper, with three additional projects featured.

NCIIA projects that highlighted were:

  • Low-cost CPAP Machine – A recent NCIIA E-Team from Rice University developed a low-cost device from $150 in parts that replicates a $60,000 ventilator’s Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mode to save newborns in developing countries who have trouble breathing on their own.
  • Household Shower from Hardware-Store Parts – Students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA fashioned an affordable shower kit as an alternative for families in developing countries who have traditionally bathed by heating water on a stove and using cups to splash themselves.
  • Solar Oven Outhouse Project – The E-Team from the Georgia Institute of Technology was featured for an outhouse design for developing countries that turns human waste into fertilizer.
  • Preventing Counterfeit Drugs – Sproxil, a company founded out of a 2007 E-Team from Dartmouth College is combating that problem of counterfeit medicine in Africa via a technology incorporating a scratch code and a simple SMS text.
  • Treating Jaundice in Developing Countries – Brilliance, technology originally created by a former E-Team from Stanford, is now being developed by recent Foundation grantee D-Rev as an LED-based phototherapy device to treat neonatal jaundice, a condition that effects millions of babies a year.

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