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Alec Gillinder ’20 and Quinn King ’20, industrial and interaction design majors in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Design, took prizes at two recent competitions: ACC InVenture Prize Competition and the Panasci Business Plan Competition.

Gillinder and King took second prize ($10,000) in the prestigious ACC InVenture Prize, a talent search for top student innovators at the 15 colleges and universities that are part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Consortium. Gillinder and King’s team, MedUX, were selected from the field of ACC universities to be part of the final five and square off against DeLive (Notre Dame), Ethos Medical (Georgia Tech), InnoHealth Diagnostics (Florida State University), and MIST (University of Virginia), which captured first place.

MedUX also took first place ($20,000) in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s Panasci Business Plan Competition on the Syracuse University campus. This event encourages students to think entrepreneurially and allows them to showcase their innovative business ideas. While winners of the Panasci Business Plan Competition are awarded cash prizes, all participants are given the opportunity to further refine their products by gaining valuable feedback from a panel of distinguished industry professionals.

MedUX is a medical product design and research firm that seeks to create innovative solutions for inpatient, at-home and mobile care. Their product, Liberating Intravenous (L-IV), is a wearable and portable IV system that allows people in emergencies or disaster situations to get IV treatment quickly and efficiently while keeping them mobile. L-IV was developed at Invent@SU and being commercialized with assistance from the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries, the team has filed two provisional patents, and will now be filing a non-provisional patent to fully protect their work, while they work with a team of expert industry advisors and strategic partners to bring their invention to market.

“We were very grateful to compete in this year’s Panasci Business Plan Competition,” says King. “Seeing the motivation in the community of entrepreneurs helps us strive to continue to grow our company.”

“This was our hardest competition yet, and it was an amazing experience to compete against such impressive companies,” says Gillinder. “This $20,000 is monumental in allowing our company to cover the next big steps in our startup costs.”