Past Projects

Projects have been sponsored by these companies:

2021-2022

    • 3M - Sustainable medical devices

    • Medtronic - Temporary pacing system

    • Medtronic - Wildlife tracking device

    • Telo - Improved mobility aid

    • Institute for Engineering in Medicine - Tool for pelvic surgery

    • Institute for Engineering in Medicine - Endoscope location monitor for colonoscopies

2020-2021

    • 3M - Next-generation medical tape

    • Heraeus - Novel implanted device lead

    • Medtronic - Ablation mapping technology

    • Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center - Precision suturing device

    • Institute for Engineering in Medicine - Negative pressure protection device

    • Institute for Engineering in Medicine - Recycling hospital waste streams

2019-2020

    • MnDRIVE - Industrial wastewater treatment technology

    • Medtronic - Cardiac care procedure

    • Medtronic - Cardiac care device

    • 3M - Clinical care device

    • Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center - Cardiac care device

2018-2019

    • Medtronic - An improved process for implanting an LVAD

    • Medtronic - A new procedure related to placing transcatheter valves

    • Medtronic - An improved blood vessel imaging device

    • 3M - A next-generation stethoscope

    • CD3 - An improved boat and trailer cleaning solution

    • Exaltas - A device to help older adults after they fall

2017-2018

    • Rockler - A new woodworking jig

    • Newco - A way to measure balance in older adults

    • Newco - Novel in vitro diagnostics based on a urine sample

    • 3M - New wound care closure solutions

    • Boston Scientific - Improved training for placing a peripheral stent

    • Medtronic - A better way to replace a transcatheter aortic valve

    • Medtronic - A new MRI compatible heart procedure device

2016-2017

    • IKC America - Product to treat veterinary injuries

    • Spinal Designs - Product to alleviate back pain

    • Agora Investment - New type of backpack

    • SelfEco - Self-fertilizing planter for coffee beans

    • 3VO Medical - Birthing aid

    • Medtronic - Device for treating arterial lesions

2015-2016

    • Medtronic - A new device for a transcatheter heart valve

    • Medtronic - A sensor for cardiac ablation procedures

    • Agora Investment - A new inline skate concept

    • Digital Design Studios - A new way to treat bunions

    • IKC America - A product to treat athletic injuries

    • University of Minnesota - A new toothbrush

2014-2015

    • Medtronic - A product to facilitate transcatheter aortic valve replacement

    • Medtronic - A way to better access the heart for cath lab procedures

    • Borkon - A new product related to women's health

    • Shooting Lab - A new product for training basketball shooting skills

    • YOXO - A new toy using recycled materials

    • UMN CCEFP - New applications for small hydraulics

2013-2014

    • Medtronic - A monitoring system for cryoablation

    • EmbraSure Medical - A new way of tying the jaw shut

    • Tactile Medical - An active compression garment

    • Boread Medical Technologies - Femoral artery access device

    • Modiron - A new way to remove wrinkles from clothing

    • UMN Medical Devices Center - Monitoring anesthesia motor block

2012-2013

    • GeneSegues - Skin patch for drug delivery

    • Gromit & Bronk - Child stroller

    • Medical Devices Center - Ablation monitoring system

    • Medtronic - iPad product information app

    • Smiths Medical - Warming blanket

    • Smiths Medical - Vascular access

    • Surgical Robotics Lab - Surgical skills testing system

2011-2012

    • Fortiori Design - Exercise monitoring device

    • Lake Region Medical - Catheter delivered heart valve assistance device

    • Medtronic - Cryoablation delivery device

    • Orbio Technologies - Activated water solutions for food processing

    • South Ostrich - Device for delivering aerosol-based medications

2010-2011

    • Ethicon Endo-Surgery - Tool for colorectal cancer surgery.

    • Medtronic - Guide system for transeptal access in cardiac procedures.

    • Medtronic - Tool to assist cardiac lead extractions.

    • Perceptis Medical - Ear tube placement tool.

    • Treehouse Medical - Child friendly IV poles.

    • U of M Medical Devices Center - Medical device virtual prototyping system.

2009-2010

    • Best Buy - Modular display stand.

    • Ethicon Endo-Surgery - Surgical tool for ablation procedures in the GI tract.

    • GT Urological - Improvements to the ActiCuf, a urinary incontinence device.

    • Medtronic - Surgical tool to determine the efficacy of cardiac ablation.

    • Tennant - Cleaning system for the food processing industry.

    • VivoSense - Transplant organ viability testing and transport device.

2008-2009

    • Best Buy - An accessory that mounts a smart phone to an automobile windshield.

    • Boston Scientific - A new device for powering implanted sensors.

    • ConArgra - New packaging for Hunt's tomato products.

    • Ethicon Endo-Surgery - A system for improved ablation therapies.

    • Medtronic - A tool for assisting heart valve replacement surgery.

    • Vet School - A virtual reality veterinary dental training system.

2007-2008

    • Augustine Biomedical and Design - A patient fluid warming device for hospital use.

    • Graco - A design for high volume commercial paint mixers.

    • Lake Region Manufacturing - A catheter based device to facilitate treatment a of neurovascular condition.

    • Medtronic - A manufacturing and packaging process for stylets.

    • Pando Technologies - A radio frequency device for treating dental caries.

    • TSI - A single camera 3D imaging device.

2006-2007

    • Aeromix - Waste water aerator

    • Medtronic - Cardiac access device

    • Nesos Health - Arthritis device

    • Pando Technologies - Remote controlled flying machine

    • RivaTek - High temperature pressure sensor

    • St. Jude Medical - Cardiac anomaly measuring device

2005-2006

    • Medtronic - Implantation tool for pacing leads

    • Pando Technologies - Wearable fitness meter

    • SoftScope Medical Technologies, LLC - Testing and evaluation of propulsion mechanisms and user control for powered colonoscopy device

    • St. Jude Medical - Tool for simplifying access to the femoral artery

    • Tennant - Trash compaction system for hospitals

    • U of MN Biomedical Engineering Institute - Device and system to prevent blood transfusion errors

2004-2005

    • Devicix - Spine surgery tool

    • IMI Vision - Novel pneumatic systems architecture

    • Medtronic - Accessory for pacing lead

    • Pando Technologies - Sports training device

    • Starfire Medical - Aneurysm device

    • Tennant - Institutional cleaning machine for restrooms

2003-2004

    • 3M - Limb compression

    • Arctic Cat - Snowmobile accessory

    • IMI Vision - On-demand ice cream dispensing machine

    • Pneumedics - Surgical bleeding control

    • Unisys - Small business software application

    • Venturix - Ablation catheter

2002-2003

    • 3M - Wound assessment

    • 3M - Electrodes

    • Medtronic - Visible Heart

    • Pando Technologies - Universal Printer

    • Probus - Nightlights and timers

    • Scimed - MR guided intravascular devices

2001-2002

    • 3M - Multifunction electrode

    • Newco Neurotherapy - EEG biofeedback

    • Comedicus Incorporated - Imaging in the pericardial space

    • Hearing Components - Soundproof headphones

2000-2001

    • Andersen Windows - Novel window technology

    • Hormel - Food safety sensor

    • Introspective - Medical catheter

    • Geodigm - Dental scanner

    • Medtronic - Electrode impedance monitor

    • VivaCare - Emergency call system

1999-2000

    • EnduraTEC - Tissue test grips

    • Machine Magic - Key duplicating machine

    • Medtronic - Visible Heart CD-ROM

    • Scimed - Smart catheter product

    • SpineTech - Artificial disk product

1998-1999

    • Enhanced Mobility Technologies - Biorehab product

    • Lincages - Windows version of CAD mechanism software

    • Medtronic - Catheter product

    • Rust Architects - Ice-palace cooler

    • Shepherd Medical - Male contraceptives

    • Sulzer Medica - Arthroscopy product

1997-1998

    • Augustine Medical - Nursing home market for Augustine technology

    • Honeywell, Home & Building Control - Residential ventilation system

    • 3M, Stationery and Office Supply Division - Improved Post-it Flag dispensers

    • Select Comfort - Improved-comfort sleep system

    • Soil Sensors - Next-generation soil moisture sensor

    • Sulzer Medica, Winterthur Switzerland - Hip surgery instrument

1996-1997

    • Horton Manufacturing - Web control product

    • Aetrium, Inc. - Motion platform for Integrated circuit testing machine

    • Augustine Medical - Skin care product

    • Donaldson - Engine noise control product

    • Spinal Designs International - Low-back pain care for people in wheelchairs

    • Molecular Diagnostics Lab, U of MN - Blood collection system

1995-1996

    • Horton Manufacturing - Smart clutch/brake

    • Irwin Publishing - CD-ROM textbook supplement

    • Micro-Medical Devices - Endoscope technology

    • Reell Precision Manufacturing - New market hinge product

1994-1995

    • 3M, Home and Commercial Care Division - 2nd generation Twist 'N Fill container

    • Micro-Medical Devices - Endoscope technology

    • Toro, Consumer Division - Powered, hand-held gardening tool