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    Tiger scientists strut their stuff in ACC contest see more

    A team of five women bioengineering students from Clemson University has won second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference InVenture Prize competition, in which teams of undergraduates representing each ACC university pitched their inventions or businesses before a live audience and a panel of judges.

    The team collaborated with bioengineering design mentors and neurosurgeons at Prisma Health to invent a device, named the CatheSure, that detects hydrocephalus shunt malfunctions in children.

    Hydrocephalus is fluid buildup in the cavities of the brain. The excess fluid increases the size of the ventricles and puts pressure on the brain. More than one million Americans suffer from the condition. The most common treatment is the surgical insertion of a drainage system, or shunt. Unfortunately, these shunts have a 70 percent failure rate, with 40 percent failing in the first year — and the symptoms of a shunt failure are often vague, usually similar to the common flu. Currently, the only way for doctors to diagnose a shunt failure is with invasive and expensive brain surgery.

    The CatheSure is a pressure sensor that wirelessly detects a shunt malfunction in hydrocephalus patients in under five minutes to non-invasively determine if there is a shunt blockage or malfunction. Use of the device will streamline the diagnostic process and prevent unnecessary exploratory brain surgeries, prolonged hospital stays and repeated radiation exposure.

    John DesJardins, the faculty director for entrepreneurship, and director of the Bioengineering Senior Design Program in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, said he was impressed by the work ethic and professionalism of the team.

    “They’ve been under the gun for three weeks to get all their materials together, and then they had to get on stage live on PBS Saturday night and pitch it,” said DesJardins, who is also the Hambright Distinguished Professor in Engineering Leadership. “They were in with some pretty high-caliber talent from across the ACC, but they were totally prepared and really represented Clemson University well.”

    The CatheSure team started this journey by winning the CECAS Spark challenge earlier this year, which led to them competing for the InVenture Prize. DesJardins said Clemson teams have participated four out of the five years the InVenture Prize competition has been held, but this is the first time one of them has placed.

    “They’re on a roll!” said DesJardins.

    Team member Allison Reichart said the process has deepened her passion for bioengineering:

    “Winning second place at the ACC InVenture Prize Competition was a massive step in two directions. One, in helping hydrocephalus patients with ventriculoperitoneal shunts and two, breaking down barriers for women in a male-dominated field. I couldn’t be more honored or prouder to represent both and can’t wait to continue taking strides down these paths!”

    Fellow team member Sarah Stevens said she is confident that CatheSure will make a positive impact in the lives of people affected by hydrocephalus.

    “Throughout designing the CatheSure, our team has seen time and time again how bioengineering devices can make a truly positive impact on the lives of patients and family members affected by the problem we are solving.”

    DesJardins said the next steps will be using the pathways at Clemson to get the CatheSure tested and patented, with the aim of getting it to market in three or four years.

    The Clemson team tied for second place with Duke University and will split the $10,000 prize. The team members (all senior bioengineering majors) were:

    • Kathleen Fallon 
    • Allison Reichart
    • Jordan Suzanna Cole
    • Sarah Anne Stevens 
    • Karly Faith Ripple 

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    Patent covers medical technology, BlueDocAI™, that improves analysis of chest x-rays to faster detec see more

    Blue Eye Soft is excited to announce that the U.S. Patent Office has officially awarded a utility patent for the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology which powers a clinical decision support tool that analyzes chest x-rays to more rapidly detect COVID-19, and other illness such as cancer, developing in lungs.

    Founder and CEO of Blue Eye Soft, Srikanth Kodeboyina, helped developed BlueDocAI™ in collaboration with University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “This patent award is a significant milestone for our company and we want to thank UDRI for their constant collaboration and support for many years,” said Kodeboyina. “Our proprietary technology, protected by this issued keystone patent, provides our product with a competitive advantage. Especially in areas with scarcity of trained radiologists, we’re excited that our technology will be able to efficiently detect illnesses in an automated way with a limited set of COVID-19 images.”

    Blue Eye Soft is a graduate company of Innosphere Ventures’ incubation program that accelerates the success of technical founders and supports the commercialization efforts of science and technology companies.

    Blue Eye Soft is notably known for taking different models of algorithms with limited data to detect illnesses faster compared to current technology in the field. BlueDocAI™ is robust for implementing a transfer to transfer learning approach, which takes data sets such as images of lung cancer and COVID-19 and breaks them down into “mini” data sets. This enables the program to detect the illness faster and deliver a diagnoses in a timely manner to radiologists and healthcare industries.

    “The award of this patent is another significant step in getting this important new technology into the hands of healthcare providers,” said John Leland, vice president for research at the University of Dayton. “We congratulate Blue Eye Soft and we’re confident in their ability to bring BlueDocAI to market soon.”

    Blue Eye Soft Corp. is a company that provides its own patented clinical artificial intelligence support tool, BlueDocAITM which uses AI-driven- deep learning algorithms to assist radiologists and other health care professionals with fast and accurate diagnoses of different illnesses.

    Innosphere accelerates the success of science and technology-based startups through its unique accelerator and commercialization programs, specialized laboratory facilities, and venture capital fund. Innosphere has supported founders and CEOs building high-tech companies for 24 years and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a strong mission to grow the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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    UofSC a leader in US patents... again see more

    The University of South Carolina has ranked among the top 100 worldwide universities granted U.S. utility patents since 2012, according to an annual list published by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

    In the recently published 2020 listing (pdf), UofSC ranks in the 63rd position with 45 patents granted in 2020. This places Carolina above Ivy League Dartmouth University and many other prestigious American and international institutions, including Carnegie-Mellon and several Southeastern Conference universities. The NAI has included UofSC in its rankings for the ninth consecutive year, placing it more than 25 slots above our 2019 ranking in the 90th position. The listing was compiled using data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    UofSC Vice President for Research Prakash Nagarkatti praised the achievement saying, “It is a credit to our outstanding faculty that their innovation and hard work have kept our university on the NAI top 100 list since it began nine years ago. I am so proud to serve alongside these excellent scholars and inventors.”

    Office of Innovation, Partnership and Economic Engagement Executive Director Bill Kirkland echoed Nagarkatti’s sentiments, saying “It is no secret that the University of South Carolina boasts a faculty with amazing research and innovation skills. These outstanding scholars, along with the top leadership at the University of South Carolina who support them through the the Office of Technology Commercialization and others, make it possible for our university to shine on the NAI top 100 list consistently each year. The fact that they have landed Carolina at position 63—higher than ever before—is a testament to their dedication and commitment.”

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    USC among best in world for patents see more

    Courtesy of Columbia Regional Business Report


    The University of South Carolina ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide for number of U.S. utility patents received by faculty members in 2019, marking the eighth consecutive year the university made the top 100.

    USC ranked 90th in the world in 2019 with faculty named as the lead on 31 patents, according to a news release from the university.

    The annual list (.pdf) has been published by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association since 2013. Rankings are based on the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that list a university as the first assignee.

    “Our faculty’s ability to create new technologies and innovate year after year is one of our great strengths as a university,” said Bill Kirkland, executive director of USC’s Office for Innovation, Partnership and Economic Engagement. “Their continued contributions to scientific discovery ultimately improve the quality of life not just our state, but all over the world.”

    USC is the only S.C. institution to make the list.

    The Regents of the University of California, the governing board of the University of California, topped the rankings with 631 patents.

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    South Carolina inventors accelerate patent rate see more

    South Carolina inventors are being granted patents faster than the national rate, a fact that could bode well for business in the Palmetto State.

    About 1,600 patents were granted in 2018 with at least one South Carolina inventor’s name on the award. Compared to the nearly 170,000 patents granted across the United States, it’s not a huge amount.

    While patents issued in 2018 were down somewhat compared to last year, scaling back 10 years to 2009 shows patents awarded with South Carolina ties have grown by about 108 percent. That is a faster rate than those granted to American inventors as a whole, as businesses large and small aimed to capture more intellectual property.

    Read on for full article from the Charleston Post & Courier...