2011 Collegiate Inventors Competition Winners

The nonprofit organization Invent Now recently announced the winners of the annual Collegiate Inventors Competition (co-sponsored by the USPTO). The competition inlcuded categories for graduate students and undergraduate students.

The First Place award for graduate students went to Kyle Allison of Boston University for his invention, “Metabolite-Mediated Elimination of Bacterial Persisters.” According to Invent Now’s description, Mr. Allison’s invention “is a combination therapy utilizing specific metabolites and the aminoglycoside class of antibiotics to effectively kill persistent bacteria.” He received the $15,000 graduate first prize.

The First Place award for undergraduate students went to Elizabeth Asai, Nickolas Demas, and Elliot Swart of Yale University for their invention, “3Derm.” 3Derm is a “handheld imaging device for taking 3-D, high-definition images of skin lesions or other abnormalities in the clinic or at home and, through a proprietary web interface, allows doctors to remotely access the images for more efficient patient care.” They received the $12,500 undergraduate first prize.