PInCh 2019 Advancing Projects

Congratulations to the projects advancing to Round Three of PInCh 2019!

The following projects are invited to Round Three of the competition. The finalist teams will be competing for $100,000 awards. Each team will submit a response to reviewers, revisions to the written document, a contingency plan, and give an elevator pitch to a panel of judges and a live audience at the PInCh Final Event on September 25.

Teams in the poster competition will be competing for $25,000 awards. Each poster team will submit revisions to the written document and prepare a poster presentation in lieu of the elevator pitch.

The Round Three submission deadline is August 26 at 5 p.m.

Advancing Pitch Projects

Project Title

Project Team Lead(s)

Project Description


Tamar Krishnamurti, PhD

A mobile health platform to identify maternal mortality risk at a time when women need it most, providing real-time intervention delivery and connection to care. Watch the video.

Aphasia Games for Health!

William Evans, PhD, CCC-SLP

Aphasia games for health: bringing together translational researchers, industry partners, and patient stakeholders to improve language outcomes and fight social isolation in aphasia. Watch the video.

CyteSolutions Lens

Alexis Nolfi, Vishal Jhanji, MD, Mangesh Kulkarni, PhD, Bryan Brown, PhD

A silicone-hydrogel-based contact lens that has been coated with natural biopolymers containing an immune modifying drug for the treatment of dry eye disease. Watch the video.

HIV Detective

Sarah Wheeler, PhD, Alex Star, PhDMichael Shurin, MD, PhD

Rapid accurate HIV testing is lacking to achieve HIV eradication.  Collaboration between the departments of Chemistry and Pathology proposes to solve this problem. Watch the video. 


Garrett Coyan, MD, Antonio D'Amore, PhDWilliam Wagner, PhD

Self-regenerating heart valve that uses the patient's natural healing process to replace diseased heart valves, decreasing the risk of blood clots and improving durability over current therapy. Watch the video.


Jeffrey Gusenoff, MD

A novel device to make surgical fat grafting procedures more efficient. Watch the video.


Advancing Poster Projects


Project Title

Project Team Lead(s)

Project Description

ABC Screening: AI-Assisted Blood Cancer Screening

Sara Monaghan, MD

Flow cytometry is an essential method to diagnose blood cancer, but manual data analysis is laborious. AI-assisted interpretation will permit rapid results & free-up resources otherwise better spent. Watch the video.

Better Bladder Cancer Staging to Tailor Treatment

Pradeep Tyagi, PhD

Non-invasive staging method can reduce morbidity and cost of existing methods for tailoring aggressive treatment options to aggressive cancer and reduce overtreatment of non-invasive indolent cancer. Watch the video.

Good Vibrations

Brianna Perry, Kevin Quinn, Goeran Fiedler, PhD

 A novel vibration therapy device for treating residual/phantom limb pain and muscle atrophy in amputees. Watch the video.

High Accuracy Fiber Tracking (HAFT)

Jessica Barrios-Martinez, MD, Fang-Cheng Yeh, MD, PhD

 A technology that maps connections in the brain to help neurosurgeons for presurgical planning in brain tumor patients. Watch the video.


Alaina James, MD, PhD


 Provide dermatologic care to rural and vulnerable communities by traveling to their areas and sustaining partnerships with eDermatology and Teledermatology. Watch the video


John Moore, Stella Lee, MD

A non-magnetic olfactory stimulation device which can be applied in conjunction with magnetic neuroimaging modalities to be used as a diagnostic tool. Watch the video.


Caroline Oppenheimer, PhD

A novel neuroimaging task to measure teen brain response to social media. This tool will address a need to study the impact of social media on rising teen depression and suicide rates. Watch the video.


Leonard Weiss, MD

A novel telemedicine system to transmit clinical data from critically ill patients at outlying hospitals and 911 scenes to a tertiary care center. Watch the video.

* Projects that qualify for the rural health bonus award and may be eligible for an additional award of up to $25,000.