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FastStich team wins $12,500 Collegiate Inventors Competition award
FastStich team wins $12,500 Collegiate Inventors Competition award

The team who created FastStitch, a surgical tool designed to quickly and cost-effectively close abdominal incisions after surgeries, has won the 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition. Their first-place award will give the team $12,500, and their faculty adviser, Robert Allen, will receive an additional $4,000. FastStitch has already won more than $90,000 in grants and prizes and is shopping their product to venture capitalists via their start-up company, Archon Medical Technologies. Team member Daniel Peng said this was the most distinguished panel of judges the team had ever faced, including the inventors of angioplasty, a technique to widen arteries, and the first defibrillator, which...

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