Engineering Announces $10,000 Storer Entrepreneurial Award Winner

Thursday, May 12, 2011

University of Iowa News Release

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has announced that the business plan for Iowa Medical Innovations Group is the winner of the 2011 Hubert E. Storer Engineering Student Entrepreneurial Start-up Award.

The engineering students of Iowa Medical Innovations Group include: Lindsey Knake, Tim Lane, Alayna Butcher and Elizabeth Breitbach, all seniors majoring in biomedical engineering; Tim Fredericks, a junior in mechanical engineering; and James Arter, a graduate student in the Graduate College studying biomedical engineering. The firm's founders are Tyler Rasmussen, M.D./Ph.D. student, and Thomas Waterbury, medical student, both in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

The annual award, established in 2002 and funded by an endowed gift from College of Engineering alumnus Hubert E. Storer, provides $10,000 of initial financial support for a College of Engineering student technological business plan.

Iowa Medical Innovations Group is an interdisciplinary endeavor of students in the School of Management, College of Medicine, College of Engineering and College of Law aimed at fostering collaborative, innovative efforts to transform novel medical concepts into reality. The company's Tri-Care Tube is a novel multi-therapeutic nasogast ric feeding tube that improves patient comfort and allows for safe and effective placement without the use of x-rays. An initial prototype utilizes an innovative technology to create a method for delivering nutritional supplements and medications to the relevant tissues. Furthermore, Tri-Care Tube provides a protective lumen, or sheath, to prevent further abrasive irritation to the patient during nasojejunal feeding tube placement.

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