Two UW Bioengineering student teams won $7,500 and the Second and Third Place prizes at UW Foster School of Business Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship’s Health Innovation Challenge on March 3.

The inaugural event was modeled after the Buerk Center’s two other innovation competitions, the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge and the UW Business Plan Competition. The event offered student teams an opportunity to pursue solutions to important issues in health care, network and collaborate, and build entrepreneurial skills.

The two winning teams from BioE were selected from 18 teams that pitched to more than 90 judges. Learn more about the teams at the Foster School of Business Blog.

miPS logo$5,000 Second Place Prize: miPS Labs

Sponsored by the Herbert B. Jones Foundation


Alex Jiao, PhD candidate, UW Bioengineering
Jenna Strully, MD and MBA, UW Foster School of Business
Ned Whalen, undergraduate, UW Foster School of Business
Rob Thomas, MBA, UW Foster School of Business
Aakash Sur, PhD, UW Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
Winnie Leung, master’s candidate, UW Bioengineering

miPS Labs allows you to preserve your youngest cells today to repair and regenerate your body tomorrow.

MultiModal Health logo$2,500 Third Place Prize: Multi-Modal Health

Sponsored by UW’s CoMotion

Brian Mogen, PhD candidate, UW Bioengineering
Tyler Libey, PhD candidate, UW Bioengineering
Dimi Gklezakos, PhD candidate, UW Computer Science and Engineering

MultiModal Health uses advanced data science and engaging software to quantify rehab, extending advanced treatment from the clinic to the home.