Innovators pitch health care solutions at Alligator Tank, Mayo Clinic Florida
Mayo Clinic in Florida highlighted innovations in its second-annual Alligator Tank in November. Nine teams of Mayo entrepreneurs pitched their solutions to problems in the medical field before an audience and a panel of expert judges — or “alligators.”
Teams had to answer the following questions: What is the problem? What is the solution? Why you? Why now? What is the business case? The contestants were vying for the top three places, which advanced to the next level of the competition, Walleye Tank, held on Mayo’s Rochester campus in December.
The Alligator Tank is presented by the Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship and aims to promote the entrepreneurial community at Mayo. “The nine teams and their projects included:
Debriefing … There’s an App for That: An app that can be loaded with scenarios from the simulation center and allows faculty to click on a corresponding action as the scenario unfolds, making use of time in the center more efficient
Team: Heidi Felix, DHSc; Kristin Rosenbush; Nell Robinson
Kalita Cord Keeper: A device that clamps to the underside of a surgical stand with cord channels that allows medical personnel to neatly store cords and tubes without tangling during surgery
Team: Lori Kalita; Timothy Harshman
Total Pocket: A device used in surgical cases that eliminates the need for adhesive to keep storage pockets in place on surgical drapes
Team: Timothy Harshman
Teams had two minutes to pitch their biomedical solutions to the panel of judges. The winning teams include:
- QT Grid
- Adjustable Fracture Nail
- Novel MRI Coil
Winning teams received $1,500 in travel money to Mayo’s Rochester campus for the Walleye Tank competition. Teams with winning proposals at that event will be awarded $10,000 in seed funding to continue advancement of their innovations.