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Biomedical Engineering Students Show Off Inventions

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Seniors majoring in biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester had a chance to show off their year-long team projects Tuesday.

They have been working with companies and hospitals to invent devices aimed at solving current real world medical problems.

Three of the 15 teams worked with a university in Peru to help meet medical needs in developing countries.

Shoes that team "DPN Diagnostics" developed, for example, are programmed to measure foot pressure and determine what parts of the foot are at risk of ulceration.

The inventors say they are a quarter of the cost of similar products currently on the market.

"When we were in Peru, there were entire wards of people that were suffering from diabetic foot, which is a neuropathy, and as you can see form our poster, people weren't able to walk. It affects their quality of life and when you're in a developing nation you have to be mobile, you can't be bed ridden for weeks at a time," biomedical engineering student Shekhar Gadkaree said.

"The students really spend eight or nine months, full-time developing these and they have a lot of interest in it and a lot of personal pride in what they come out with," Biomedical Engineering Professor Scott Seidman, Ph.D said.

Some students said the companies they have been working with are interested in their inventions. They said they are in the process of patenting their intellectual property.

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