November 17, 2023 /3BL Media/ — A Duke University student innovator was selected for special recognition in the 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition for its technology to quickly identify potentially catastrophic algae outbreaks in the environment.
Undergraduate Daniel Collins was named winner of the Arrow Electronics “People’s Choice” award for his innovation known as NucleoTide.
NucleoTide is a molecular diagnostic platform that uses CRISPR-based biosensors to rapidly identify marine pathogens and harmful algal blooms. With a low-cost, hand-held device that filters and processes water samples, on-site monitoring of ocean health is possible and results are delivered within an hour without having to wait for laboratory results.
The global economic impact of harmful algal blooms is estimated at $8 billion per year.
More than 20,000 people worldwide took part in the vote, setting a record for online participation in the competition.
Collins’ technology was one of 10 finalists – five student teams and five student teams – representing colleges and universities across the United States in this year’s competition. They presented their inventions to a jury of influential inventors and innovation experts from the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) and officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The finals were held in person at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
Winners receive cash prizes and assistance with the USPTO patent approval process.
“The Collegiate Inventors Competition presents the next generation of game changers: young inventors who demonstrate an innovative mindset that enables them to solve the world’s greatest challenges,” said Michael Oister, CEO of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
In the Graduate division, University of Pittsburgh medical student Adi Mittal received first prize for an innovation known as Cerebral Aneurysm Test (CAT-7).
Nearly 7 million people in the United States suffer from brain aneurysms each year. They can cause neurological problems and fractures, which can lead to life-changing or fatal brain hemorrhages. CAT-7 is the first simple, whole blood-based diagnostic test that detects the formation of a brain aneurysm.
In the Undergraduate division, a team from Georgia Tech won first place for a diagnostic technology called FADpad. The device is a test strip embedded in a feminine hygiene product that allows a sample of menstrual blood to be collected. A rapid laboratory test detects biomarkers present in diseases such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes cervical cancer and five other cancers, as well as HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
“Almost all cervical cancer can be prevented by earlier screening and testing for HPV,” says team member Rhea Prem. “We want to expand access to health care on your own terms.”
About Arrow Electronics: Arrow Electronics guides innovation for more than 220,000 leading technology manufacturers and service providers. With 2022 revenues of $37.1 billion, Arrow develops technology solutions that help improve business and everyday life. Learn more at arrow.com.
About the Collegiate Inventors Competition: The Collegiate Inventors Competition encourages and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship at the collegiate level. This competition, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, recognizes and rewards the research, innovations and discoveries of college students and their advisors for projects that lead to inventions that have the potential to receive patent protection. Introduced in 1990, the competition has invited more than 500 innovators who have created groundbreaking, world-changing inventions, and awarded more than $1 million in support to winning student teams for their innovative work and scientific achievements, with the help of sponsors. For more information, visit invent.org.