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Cinluma wins Grand Prize at Bench-2-Beside Competition

More than 20 teams of University of Utah students participating in the university's fifth annual Bench-2-Bedside competition unveiled their projects Wednesday night at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda. Judges rated the medical innovations, and the results are in.

Cinluma won the $15,000 grand prize. The team of Kris Loken, Timothy Pickett, Brian Charlesworth, Jennwood Chen, Evan Howard, Ashley Trane, and Ashley Langell worked together for six months, using $500, to create a device that may improve how cervical cancer is treated.

"The heated probe of our portable, thermal coagulation device destroys lesions before they can become cancerous. This method is fast, effective and specifically designed for use in resource-limited settings." — Cinluma

The Bench-2-Bedside program is designed to introduce medical students, engineering students and business students to the world of medical device innovation. Student teams form interdisciplinary "start-up" companies and are given the task of identifying an unmet clinical need.

Other winners include:

Runners up ($10,000 each) – Bolus EYE, mDOT

Best Medicine ($5,000) – Excisoseal

Best Engineering ($5,000) – Precision Cautery

Best Business ($5,000) – CDX

Global Health Award ($5,000) – Work Pumps

Consumer's Choice Award ($5,000) – Cruiser Crutch

Best EAE Award ($5,000) – Bolus EYE

Best Green Award ($5,000) – Easy Arm

LITE Award ($2,000) – Work Pumps

Media Award ($500) – Pet Steps

Legacy Awards ($2,500) – ProMD, LightLine Catheter