2021 Biomedical Innovation Cup

annual shark-tank style pitch event

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

The path to market for a new biomedical product is challenging. It’s not enough to have a deep knowledge of the science. Innovators must be ready to step into the spotlight, showing stakeholders and potential investors clarity of vision and passion.

Join Fast Forward Medical Innovation for this virtual event that helps prepare a select group of MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub teams for commercial readiness as they take the stage to pitch their innovations to the “sharks” of the investment world at the Midwest Venture Showcase.

Special Guest Host: Denise Graves, University Relations Director, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Panel of Judges:

Jay Cui, PhD, MBA
AbbVie Ventures, Chicago, IL

Karen Spilizewski, MBA, MS
RiverVest Ventures – Cleveland, OH

Jeremy Touroo, MS
BioStar Capital, Charlevoix, MI

2019 Biomedical Innovation Cup Winners – Luis Savastano & Team, The Vortex Catheter Technology


Automated Tool Simplifies Medical Billing Process

Michael Burns, M.D., Ph.D.
John Vandervest, M.S.
University of Michigan


Novel Dermatology Treatment for Double Chin

Lola Eniola-Adefeso, Ph.D.
University of Michigan


Water Removal Device to Prevent Ventilator-Associated Illness

John Farris, Ph.D.
Grand Valley State University
Eric VanMiddendorp, MSE
Spectrum Health Innovations

April 15, 2021
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