MESH Incubator Kicks off its Annual Innovation Teams Biodesign Program Across Mass General Brigham!

January 17, 20235 Minutes

BOSTON – MESH Innovation Teams, the year-long biodesign program at Mass General Brigham now in its fourth year, recently kicked off their 2023 program with Problem Day on January 9th, 2023! During Problem Day, MGB investigators pitched their ideas to a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians, engineers, and MBAs who will work alongside the innovators, as well as Mass General Brigham Innovation staff, to develop their products, protect their intellectual property, validate the market/regulatory environment, and plan a business. The teams will accomplish this through structured focused workshops and design reviews run by the MESH team and MGB Innovation, as well as fundamental education through MESH Core. At the end of the year, select teams will have formed new spinout companies and join the MESH portfolio ready for large scale venture funding. This year, the MESH leadership team selected 13 ideas that are on the cutting edge of medicine, healthcare, and technology. Check out some of them below:

WarfaRef – Stefan Lukianov, AM; Herriet Hsieh; Shreya Sangam, PHD; Julia Olsen

A digital healthcare app for warfarin management that links patient self-care to clinical support, helping patients to better manage their disease.

A Compact Linear Scanning X-ray System for Intra-Operative Spinal Surgery Guidance- Kai Yang, PhD DABR

A compact linear scanning x-ray system that will revolutionize surgery guidance and make spinal surgery safer.

Drug Dilution Device- Taylor Purvis, MD

A device that automatically calculates and performs medication dilutions, preventing errors and saving clinicians valuable time

FIXUS- Soheil Ashkani-Esfahani, MD; Kelsey Detels, MS; and FARIL-SORG Collaborative Research Group

An AI-based, decision support tool that provides a smarter way of diagnosing and predicting orthopedic injuries

Augmented Reality-Guided Breast Reconstruction Surgery- Jayender Jagadeesan, PhD

A novel way of improving breast reconstruction to ensure symmetry between the two breasts

AI Model for Noninvasive Detection and Monitoring of Anemia- Ritchie Verma, MD; Marko Velimirovic, MD, MMSc

A smartphone app that can diagnose and accurately monitor anemia over time by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and a standard cell phone camera

Cockpit- Randy Bak, MD, JD

A platform that provides a single clinical workflow experience across all digital therapeutics, with back end sign-on, ordering and team care services, all within the EMR experience, paid for by the digital therapeutics company, with provision of the digital therapeutic software-as-a-medical device under the physician’s dispensing privilege.

Intra-articular Drug Delivery Platform- Nicole Beck, DMD, MBA; Briana Burris, DDS; Joseph P. McCain, DDS, FACS

Innovating drug delivery modalities in orthopedics via technology that allows for controlled delivery of therapeutics into a joint

Democratizing Proton Therapy- Thomas Bortfeld, PhD; Susu Yan, PhD

A cost-effective solution to proton therapy that will enable more hospitals to offer this life-saving treatment.

Medical Cast Cutting Device – Steven Criss

A quiet, calm, low-cost alternative to the standard cast saw, providing a more comfortable experience for patients.


About MESH Innovation Teams

The Medically Engineered Solutions in Healthcare (MESH), Innovation Teams Program is a collaborative year-long program connecting Mass General Brigham clinicians to engineers, MBA candidates, and entrepreneurs to solve critical clinical problems. Candidates join a MESH Team and obtain real world experience and first-hand exposure to generating healthcare innovations and creating companies in the complex medical environment throughout the academic year. MESH provides team members with access to MGH and Harvard physicians, residents, faculty, experienced entrepreneurs, venture capital networking, and Mass General Brigham Innovation along with formal training courses in healthcare entrepreneurship with the ultimate goal of patenting innovations and/or forming start-up companies.  To date, Innovation Teams has formed 9 companies, including one acquisition and 12x follow-on funding, as well as and produced numerous intellectual property disclosures or patents.

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