"It has the hallmarks of a successful medical device," wrote Thomas Rockwell Mackie, director of medical devices at the University of Wisconsin's Morgridge Institute for Research, in an e-mail. "It seems more effective, inexpensive and easier than hand-stitching. Before I could comment further, I would like to see it in the hands of a surgeon, but it seems very promising."
The team placed first at several contests, including University of Maryland College Park's business plan competition, the NIBIB DEBUT Challenge run by the National Institutes of Health, and the University of California Irvine Business Plan Competition, which awarded the team with lab space on the UC-Irvine campus for six months. And they won the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Innovation Showcase, held in Montreal, Canada.