The first place team is developing a device to monitor outpatient drug treatment compliance.

The McKelvey School of Engineering’s Discovery Competition supports new and innovative discoveries that meet challenges or needs and is an annual experience for WashU undergraduate students. Funded by alumni donors, the competition awards over $25,000 in cash prizes for the continued development of ventures. 

First-place winners HIVE pitched their idea for a technology designed to monitor how well patients comply with outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy, or OPAT. In addition to a $20,000 cash prize, the team will receive $5,000 in services from Custom Technologies and $5,000 in legal services from Polsinelli. Additionally, their award includes 6 months of complimentary workspace in TechArtista, founded by McKelvey Engineering alumnus Chris Holt. Team members will have 24-hour access to the collaborative space as well as an opportunity to connect with the professional community and entrepreneurial ecosystem in St. Louis.

The first-place team includes Joe Beggs, a biomedical engineering student; SaI Dodda, a student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy; Allie Frank, a master’s student in occupational therapy; and Glen Kleinschmidt and Christ Sleckman, both BS/MS students studying biomedical engineering. 

Joe Beggs (left) assembled a team (from left) which included of Glen Kleinschmidt, a biomedical engineering student; Chris Sleckman, a 2019 biomedical engineering graduate; Allie Frank, an occupational therapy student at the School of Medicine; and Sai Dodda, a student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.


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