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Two University of South Florida technologies in “Final Four” for $50,000 Cade Museum Prize

May 6, 2014

Impact Medical Strategies and NEWgenerator advance to the final round

TAMPA, Fla. – When the Cade Museum announced the "Final Four" competitors for its $50,000 2014 Cade Museum Prize, two of the four finalists were based on technologies developed by University of South Florida faculty members.

Patricia Kruk, PhD, professor of pathology and cell biology, Morsani College of Medicine, USF Health, developed a urine test to detect ovarian cancer, a deadly disease with vague symptoms.

Daniel Yeh, PhD, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, USF College of Engineering, developed NEWgenerator membrane biotechnology that recovers and generates fertilizer nutrients, renewable energy and clean water from wastes.

Kruk and Yeh were selected from among the over 80 teams that entered this year's competition.

The "Final Four" are selected by three successive panels of judges drawn from around Florida and across the country. All of the judges—over 30 in total—are entrepreneurs, inventors, or people familiar with emerging technologies.

On the evening of May 8, 2014, the four teams will make live pitches to a new panel of three judges from outside the State of Florida at a gala event presented by RTI Surgical. The winner of the $50,000 prize will be announced by the Cade Museum at the gala.

Kruk's simple, more sensitive dipstick screening test measures the urinary levels of Bcl-2, which was found to be ten times higher in women with ovarian cancer than it is in healthy women. The urine assay is the only non-invasive ovarian cancer diagnostic in development right now. The innovative technology will be presented at the Cade Museum Prize gala by Ovation Diagnostics, a spinoff of Impact Medical Strategies. See more information about this technology.

Yeh's NEWgenerator membrane biotechnology can contribute to solving a global challenge in sanitation that impacts close to 2.6 billion people. NEWgenerator recently teamed up with Eram Scientific's eToilet to become one of the winning teams of the Reinvent The Toilet—India Challenge. Dr. Yeh also recently participated in a press conference with Eram Scientific and Dr. Doulaye Kone of the Gates Foundation, speaking on plans for sanitation revolution in India. See more information about this technology.

The Cade Museum Prize competition rewards innovation and invention from entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors in the State of Florida. The prize includes a $50,000 award and in-kind incentives to academics, entrepreneurs and proof-of-concept or early-stage companies for advancing creative ideas into the marketplace. Judges look at how creative and innovative the idea is, what demonstrable impact the invention will make, and how far away the invention is from being a commercially viable product or service.

USF technology has won the prize before. In 2012, Phil Hipol, engineering director at USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), and Dr. Stuart Hart, professor in USF Health's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, won the $50,000 prize for their electronic catheter stethoscope, or "eCath," a device that uses sound waves from inside a patient's body to diagnose health problems.