Collegiate Inventors CompetitionFounded in 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition recognizes and rewards the nation’s top collegiate inventors. In partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Collegiate Inventors Competition is the nation’s foremost competition encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in students who are working on cutting-edge inventions at their colleges and universities.

Finalists had the opportunity to present their research and prototypes to the most influential inventors and invention experts in the nation – National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, USPTO experts, and AbbVie scientists - for real-world feedback on optimizing the potential of each invention.

Last night, at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the top three entries in the undergraduate and graduate divisions were announced.  Winners and their advisors were awarded a total of $100,000 in cash and prizes.  Here are the winners:

  • Undergraduate Bronze Winner: Highlight: Powdered Additive for Disinfectants | Katherine Jin, Jason Kang and Kevin Tyan of Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Undergraduate Silver Winner: Early Cancer Diagnosis by the Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells using Drop-based Microfluidics | Neil Davey of Harvard University
  • Undergraduate Gold Winner: NeoVent: Dual Pressure Respiratory Equipment | Joseph Barnett and Stephen John of Western Michigan University
  • Graduate Bronze Winner: SWAPS (Silicon Waveguide Array Photonic Switch) | Sangyoon Han and Tae Joon Seok of UC Berkeley
  • Graduate Silver Winner: Corrosion-Resistant Molecular Coatings | Stafford Sheehan of Yale University
  • Graduate Gold Winner: 3D Bioprinting Vascularized Human Tissue | David Kolesky of Harvard University

Skild congratulates all of the finalists.  We're proud to support this event.

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