Perfect Pitch for Team BioLink iNurse

On May 02, 2013, the Rice Undergraduate Venture Challenge, sponsored by RCEL and others, put
nine teams of engineers in front of an audience of judges and each team had 8 minutes to pitch
their product, followed by 4 minutes of taking the judges' questions about their products and business
plans. BioLink iNurse, with BIOE students Rahul Rekhi and Nathan Lo, and ECE students Fabio Ussher,
Eric Palmgren and Abhijit Navlekar as members, took first place. Congratulations BioLink iNurse!
Great job!

Read more about the event and see who took the other awards


VitaSign continues to rack up accolades

VitaSign have already won 5 competitions and continue to apply for more.
Here is the list of their achievements till date:

  • Grand Prize, Rice Undergraduate Venture Challenge
  • Multimedia Communications Award, Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Best Global Health Technology, Rice University Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Best Interdisciplinary Project, Engineering Design Showcase, Rice University
  • 1st place, Electrical and Computer Engineering Design Showcase, Rice University


VitaLink monitors infants from afar

The ideal system for monitoring a baby's health would be as simple as one, two, three. Three teams of senior engineering students at Rice University are working to do so wirelessly in neonatal wards in the developing world. The design teams have built a modular system to monitor an infant's vital signs with a tablet that can track the progress - or warn of problems - for many babies at once.

Find this news release online

Watch a video about the Vitalink


Sabharwal Delivers Keynote at NetHealth'13

Ashu Sabharwal delivered a keynote at this year's NetHealth workshop held in Bangalore, India. The workshop focuses on new and emerging networked healthcare technologies, and Sabharwal keynote "Mobile Health: Designed for Humans," highlighted the importance of synergy between human-centric design and mobile technologies.


mobileSpiro: Rice MBAs Travel to Liberia to Commercialize Portable Spirometer

A team of Rice MBAs traveled to Liberia to gather data for their business plan to commercialize a Rice-invented technology called a spirometer, a portable device designed for the developing world that measures lung capacity and communicates with ordinary smartphones.

Check out the full video


Rice team wins top TI design award

A team of Rice University alumni has won Texas Instruments' fifth annual Analog Design Contest. Team mobileVision took the $10,000 Engibous Prize for its invention of a device that allows untrained individuals to take snapshots of a retina outside of a clinical environment for remote diagnosis. The smartphone-based screening device allows people in undeveloped countries to be diagnosed for vision problems and such ocular diseases as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Ophthalmologists can then view the images and diagnose patients from afar.

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Rice, Baylor, UT Health students win Institute of Medicine award with VaxNation

The Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering awarded VaxNation first place in the Go Viral to Improve Health challenge at the Health Data Initiative forum in Washington, D.C. on Jun 6, 2012.

VaxNation- an integrated web, mobile and social media application that provides an effective way for individuals to schedule and obtain their vaccinations, educate themselves about the risks and benefits of immunizations, store their vaccination records in a secure database, and take charge of their community's health.

Team members come from Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and UT School of Public Health.

Check out VaxNation.org