FastStitch team wins collegiate inventors contest

An undergraduate biomedical engineering team from Johns Hopkins won the $12,500 first prize in the 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition for devising a disposable suturing tool to guide the placement of stitches and guard against the accidental puncture of internal organs.

The winners were announced Nov. 13 during an awards ceremony held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Representing the FastStitch team from Johns Hopkins at the ceremony were Leslie Myint, Daniel Peng, Andy Tu, and Stephen Van Kooten.

In addition, a $4,000 award will go to the students' faculty adviser, Robert Allen, an associate research professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, which is shared between the university's School of Medicine and Whiting School of Engineering.

The collegiate inventors contest, now in its 22nd year, is run by Invent Now, a nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages invention in people of all ages. This year's winners were selected from seven university finalists—six teams and one individual entrant—working in engineering and medical disciplines.