Double pump for CPRGlove
The pair won the undergraduate category of the prestigious Collegiate Inventors Competition (CIC) for the CPRGlove on Thursday, taking home $15,000 in prize money. And TIME magazine selected the CPR Glove as one of the best inventions of 2007 in the health category.
Results of the CIC were announced last Thursday evening at an awards ceremony held at the California Institute of Technology. Their academic advisor, Hubert de Bruin, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, also received a $5,000 prize as a result of their win.
TIME magazine unveiled its annual selection of the Best Inventions of the Year this week. The iPhone was selected as the Invention of the Year and top inventions in some 13 categories were also featured. The winning inventions can be viewed here. The CPR Glove can be viewed here.
Centen, who is from Ottawa, and Patel, who is from Toronto, competed against three other entries in the undergraduate category of the Collegiate Inventors Competition. They also competed against an additional seven entries from the graduate category for the grand prize. They were the only entry selected as finalists from Canada.
Ian Cheong of Johns Hopkins University was selected as the grand prize winner for inventing a novel way to treat cancer. He received a $25,000 prize. John Dolan of the University of California, San Francisco won the graduate category and a $15,000 prize for his work on the Dolognawmeter, a device to measure the effectiveness of painkillers. Their academic advisors received $15,000 and $5,000, respectively.
Finalists were scrutinized during an initial evaluation process by 30 experts from industry, government and academic research who judged entries on the originality of the idea and the potential value and usefulness of the invention to society.
On Oct. 31, the finalists presented their inventions to a final panel of eight judges, including six inductees from the National Inventors Hall of Fame and representatives from competition sponsors the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Abbott Fund. For more information on the competition, click here.
The CPR Glove is a wearable CPR training, testing and assisting device developed to improve survival rates from cardiac arrest. The custom-made glove is equipped with sensors and an LCD screen to give instructions and feedback when the user performs CPR.
The glove is able to provide information on the rate, depth, force and angle of compressions as well as the heart rate. It also speaks, providing verbal cues for the user.
Centen and Patel have established Atreo Medical Inc. along with fellow student Sarah Smith to develop and market the CPRGlove. They have received initial funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence and are planning to undertake clinical trials with the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania.