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IDEA Labs Demo Day April 18​​​

​Medical, engineering students to demonstrate inventions
KINOCOM/JOSHUA SIEGEL
A team of IDEA Labs students presented KinoCOM, a communication device controlled by finger movements for people with limited mobility, at Demo Day 2013. The team will present an update at Demo Day 2014.
​IDEA Labs Demo Day 2014 will be held at 6 p.m. ​April 18 in Connor Auditorium in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center on the Medical Campus. (Map)

IDEA Labs is a bioengineering design incubator founded in 2012 at Washington University in St. Louis. 

At Demo Day, interdisciplinary student teams from the School of Medicine, School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences​ will demonstrate prototypes for inventions they have designed to solve a variety of health-care problems. Most teams have been developing their prototypes since IDEA Day in October, when medical faculty and classmates posed health-care related problems they had observed.

Some of the prototypes to be presented at Demo Day include a wireless communication device for people who are paralyzed, an adjustable chair for lumbar puncture procedures and an implantable mobile device to reduce the severity of epileptic seizures. 

A panel of professionals from related fields will judge the students’ presentations. The winning team will receive a spot in the Arch Grants annual business plan competition, which awards $50,000 grants to St. Louis startups. Two other students will receive grants through the University’s Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies​ to complete summer internships.

Event schedule:
• 6 to 6:30 p.m. – Dinner and opening remarks by Evan D. Kharasch, MD, PhD, vice chancellor for research and the Russell and Mary Shelden Professor of Anesthesiology
• 6:30 to 8 p.m. – Presentations by six IDEA Labs teams
• 8 to 9 p.m. – Poster session
• 9 p.m. – Winners announced

This event, including dinner, is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Joshua Siegel, IDEA Labs' director of development, at siegelj@wusm.wustl.edu. To learn more about IDEA Labs, visit the website​.