Multi-Disciplinary Design students Brian Charlesworth and Mallory Young, along with their teammates, Tyson Schwabb and Jackson Richards, won Best in Engineering at this years Bench 2 Bedside competition here at the University of Utah.
Their product, Umbilikit, is a biodegradeable, blade-free umbilical cord cut and tie kit. In addition to continued support to develop their product they won $5,000 for development costs.
“Our innovation hones in on a few important distinctions. Umbilikit lets the user cut an umbilical cord without a dangerous blade being used, it’s biodegradable within 5 years, it’s not culturally foreign and easy to use, and it’s very small, which means you can carry many if needed or you can stick it in your pocket, says Young. “Our kit is made to combat infection and unsanitary conditions and equipment.”