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Johns Hopkins student team designs device to treat chronic sinus inflammation

May 5, 2016
A group of Johns Hopkins students

The Salient ENT team (from left to right): Amal Alfroz Alam, Scott Stanley, Demetri Monovoukas, Emily Eggert, and Elizabeth Lebling

A device to treat persistent and reoccurring sinus infections took the top award in the first-ever Student Healthcare Design Competition, which was held on Johns Hopkins University’s East Baltimore campus on Tuesday and sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design.

Unlike other business plan competitions at Johns Hopkins, the Student Healthcare Design Competition focused on the design and development of effective solutions to major healthcare problems. Forty-nine student teams from across the university submitted proposals, and 13 finalists competed in the event for $20,000 in prize money.

Salient ENT took home the $4,000 top prize for its sinus infection solution.

“We’re thrilled to have received first place,” says Elizabeth Lebling, one of the inventors of Salient ENT, who will graduate with her master’s degree in May. “We’re starting conversations now with outside individuals who have experience translating these types of devices to the marketplace to help real patients.” Excerpted from The Hub at Johns Hopkins University.

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