Six teams featuring UW Bioengineering students will compete as finalists in the 2021 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) at the University of Washington. Nearly 80 entrepreneurs, investors and health professionals from the region selected 21 student teams to compete on Wednesday, March 3, at the virtual event hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

The teams represent regional colleges and universities from across the Pacific Northwest, including Washington and British Columbia. All four Master of Applied Bioengineering teams that applied were named finalists.

The students will compete for more than $40,000 in prizes, including three top place prizes and four best idea prizes.

To learn more about the prizes and all the finalist teams, read the Buerk Center blog.

Good luck to the following UW BioE-related teams on March 3!


FreeFlow has created an innovative catheter design that provides pediatric neurosurgeons a non-invasive method to reduce obstruction rates and save hundreds of thousands of dollars in associated surgeries.

  • University of Washington-Seattle (Master of Applied Bioengineering team: Haili Adams, Hannah Glazier, Brian Le, Jamie Park)


lunarLacerations provides an efficient and effective way for cardiologists to reduce risks associated with heart valve replacement problems and related procedure issues.

  • University of Washington-Seattle (Master of Applied Bioengineering team: Luis Restrepo, Kassidy Tromboni, Alex Verne, Yuki Wang)


NeuroNewt is developing an innovative way to enhance nerve regeneration in the treatment of peripheral injuries.

  • University of Washington-Seattle (Master of Applied Bioengineering team: Dana Bernhardt, Thomas Gilhodes, Aquene Reid, Ying Zhu)


The OsmoProcessor concentrates and reconditions urine samples to improve the accuracy of a commonly used diagnostic device that looks for pathogens or biomarkers with the goal of cheaper point-of-care in low-resource settings.

  • University of Washington-Seattle (Bioengineering: Ruby Lunde, Abe Wu; Business: Karina Hazari, Samuel Kuo, Natalia Villamil; Mechanical Engineering: Samuel Chen)

Return to Life Rehab

Return to Life Rehab developed a device to ensure effective monitoring and recording of treatment progression for those suffering from a wrist or hand injury needing therapy after surgery.

  • University of Washington-Seattle (Master of Applied Bioengineering team: Ithika Mirji, David Mjelde, Nikolaos Pipis, Luke Thurber)


A novel device to reduce the risk of ventilator associated pneumonia and need for extubation.

  • University of Washington-Seattle, Tulane University (UW Bioengineering: Alex Verne; Tulane Biomedical Engineering: Stephen Hahn, Michael L’Ecuyer)