First prize to Uppsala student at E-lab Joint Event 2019

19 December 2019

On the 19th and 20th of November, EIT Health - the health innovation sector of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) organised the E-Lab Joint Event at the Medical University of Lodz, Poland. First prize went to the Uppsala student Karthik Rajasekar, studying at the Master’s Programme in Applied Biotechnology.

The E-Lab Joint event consisted of a competition and a workshop. The workshop aimed at enhancing efficient delivery of health innovation by EIT, the challenging competition tested the technical skills of the participants in medical engineering.

The competition involved analysing and fixing a non-working prototype of an all new medical device that was designed with the aim of aiding cardiovascular surgeons while performing an open-heart surgery. With no other information regarding the prototype being provided, it was entirely up-to the participants to analyse the model and figure out what the designers had in mind and what they had in fact executed. The participants had to, in maximum 45 minutes, propose the most feasible solution that they believe would help the prototype work efficiently. They also had to manufacture the required and implement it into the model of the medical device.

Karthik Rajasekar, second year student from the Master’s Programme in Applied Biotechnology at Uppsala University, was awarded the 1st prize in this competition as he managed not only to find solutions to various problems with the medical device and to fix the prototype, but also to make the device functional at the fastest timing.

Kartick says that – ‘ I found this E-Lab Joint event by EIT Health to be highly exhilarating and productive. Furthermore, I would like to thank my department, Biology Education Centre at Uppsala University for granting me this sublime opportunity’.