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Four graduate engineering students at the University of Michigan (Taarif Jafferi, Rahula Rattan, Zach Weingarden and Raghunath Katragadda) came up with medical device that helps breakdown and suck up blood in a person's stomach during surgery, allowing doctors to see what's happening.

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U-M grad students launch surgical device company

A quartet of University of Michigan graduate students are looking to make their fortune by licensing one of their inventions, specifically, a surgical tool called Endocutter. The engineering students (Taarif Jafferi, Rahula Rattan, Zach Weingarden, and Raghunath Katragadda) came up with a device that helps break down and suck up abdominal blood during surgery, allowing doctors to see what's happening."You can see what you're sucking," says Rattan, a PhD candidate at U-M. "Because the things we are sucking are too big, this will cut them up (with a small tool at the tip of suction tube), too."The students created the device during a year-long graduate bio-medical design class and are now trying to patent it. They have received $10,000 in seed funding from the U-M Medical Innovation Center and hope to find a business to partner with and license the technology out by the end of the year.Source: Rahula Rattan, co-inventor of EncocutterWriter: Jon ZemkeRead more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com. read on…
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