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“The value of an idea lies in its use,” Thomas Edison said of the impact of innovation.

Last week’s Innovation Week at the Medical University of South Carolina built on that concept, investing more than $500,000 in new projects across the company and launching some of its hottest ideas. brightest and most innovative from faculty members and students.

In a return to a live format, MUSC’s Office of Innovation funded 25 new projects and awarded a total of $521,000. A total of 11 live sessions, two pitch sessions, three Shark Tanks and a Stress Less Bash, featuring live music, art therapy and even puppies, took place in person throughout the week. Between the downtown Charleston campus and MUSC regional hospitals, 26 videos were produced for on-demand viewing by participants.

The week’s events kicked off on Monday with the announcement of the Blue Sky Award winners. Developed through a partnership between the Office of Innovation and the Office of the Vice President Research (VPR), two winning research projects were honored at the Innovation Week kick-off event. innovation. The award recognizes innovative and promising projects that are rooted in collaboration between researchers at MUSC colleges and provides $100,000 per year for two years to help prepare the project for future funding opportunities.

The pups helped take the stress out of the innovation week. Photo by Nancy Lemon Carney

Mid-week, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, the inaugural class of Education Innovation Advocates was announced. This group of eight will include at least one faculty member from each of the colleges and representatives from MUSC’s academic affairs and libraries. Advocates are expected to receive $3,000 for their own project to help foster a culture of innovation in their respective fields.

“The Education Innovation Advocate program is a unique and exciting opportunity for our faculty to develop innovation in education across all six colleges and the Faculty of Academic Affairs,” said Gigi Smith, Ph.D. “Advocates will have meetings with key MUSC groups on campus to promote collaboration and further support innovation in faculty education.”

Wrapping up the week, MUSC’s version of “Shark Tank” has returned to its live format after being hosted online last year and for the first time at its regional hospitals. The Charleston session saw MUSC leadership bite on three employee and faculty projects, each of which received $15,000 each on Thursday. Meanwhile, the combined Florence/Marion and Lancaster/Chester sessions each awarded $15,000 to their own top projects.

Chief Innovation Officer Jesse Goodwin said it was good to see the innovators in person this year after two years of virtual presentations, due to the pandemic, and touted the importance of innovating. “I think it’s really important to build a culture where we don’t feel stuck with problems, but a culture where we say, ‘Well, let’s look at this as an opportunity to really solve problems,'” he said. she declared. In total, more than $80,000 will be distributed to winners and other selected lands.

With the success of Innovation Week 2022 in the back view, innovators can go ahead and mark their calendars for next year, as Innovation Week 2023 is already set to return April 24-28. .

For a full list of weekly rewards, see below.

Blue Skies ($200,000) – Monday

Funded by the RVP and the Office of Innovation, each of these projects received funding of $100,000.

Donna Roberts, MD, and Jill Harvey, Ph.D.: “A Feasibility Study of Incorporating a Portable MRI into a Telemedicine Equipped Ambulance for Field Triage of Stroke Patients.”

Baerbel Rohrer, Ph.D., and Andrew Jakymiw, Ph.D.: “MtDNA Delivery Via Nanoparticles for Restoration of Tissue Homeostasis in Age-Related Macular Degeneration.”

Student Pitch ($2,500) – Monday

Sponsored by the Office of Innovation, Benjamin Ellison, James McGinnis, and Reece Blackwood, faculty advisor Adam Tanious, MD, won the student pitch contest and their “endovascular organizer” received $2,500.

COM Community Engagement Grant ($15,000) – Tuesday

Focused on a community-driven initiative, Jessica Tarleton, MD, and her team received $15,000 to fund their project called “The Lowcountry Doula Initiative”.

AI ($100,000) – Wednesday

Sponsored by AI Hub, a total of $100,000 has been awarded to the following MUSC and Clemson faculty members for their joint projects:

George Magrath, MD, (MUSC) and Feng Luo, Ph.D., (Clemson): “Computer-Assisted Classification and Screening of Retinal Optical Coherence Tomography Images.”

Xinyi Li, Ph.D., (Clemson) and Stephen Ethier, Ph.D., (MUSC): “AI Drug Sensitivity Analysis of Cancer Cell Lines to Predict Targeted Drug Sensitivity in Patients.”

Jeremy Gilbert, Ph.D., (Clemson/MUSC) and Rahul Rai, Ph.D., (Clemson): “AI for Segmentation by Scanning Electron Micrography”.

Fatemeh Afghah, Ph.D., (Clemson) and Mohamed Elshazly, MD, (MUSC): “AI-Based Cardiac Monitoring Systems.”

Liangjiang Wang, Ph.D., (Clemson) and Stefano Berto, Ph.D., (MUSC): “Machine Learning Models for Molecular Neuroscience Research”.

Shark Tanks ($80,000) – Wednesday and Thursday


The “Socializer, Teacher, Evaluator, Mentor (STEM) Preceptorship” project was the winner of the Florence and Marion Shark Tank divisions, and the team received $15,000 to take their idea forward. Team members included: Ashley Hudson, RN; Lathrum Johnson RN; and Michelle Thompson, RN.


The “Improving Flow by Creating a Behavioral Crisis Team” project won the Lancaster and Chester Divisions Shark Tank, and the team received $15,000 to take their idea forward. Team members included: Keia Hewitt MD; Camille Filoromo, Ph.D., RN; Scott Broome; Richard Warrin; Portia Brown; Patsy Hawkins; Kelly Cauthen; Cody Johnson, RN; and Angela Mackey.

The Lancaster and Chester divisions also selected the “Creating Nursing Workflow Efficiency Through Kanban Methodology in the ED” project to receive $5,000 in funding to advance their idea. Team members included: Camille Filoromo, Ph.D., RN,; Aruna Anand; and Janeen Rawlings RN


In Charleston, each of these three projects was chosen as the $15,000 winner:

·Clinical Care: “Automation of Claims Entry”. Project team: Dan O’Donnell, Dianna Pelay, Diane Story, Franco Cardillo, Lynn Waters, Cathy Dickey, Megan Cecutti, Patricia Jenkins, Kimberly Curry, Dan Darling, Carlton Hawkes, Pam Helms, Sabrina Holloway, Shalonda Holmes, Angela Malphrus , Cheryl McWilliams, Leanne Shattuck and Tisa Whack.

Education: “Innovative Virtual Global Health Program for Nursing Students”. Project team: Suparna Qanungo, Ph.D.; Courtney Sol; Kate Ague-Kneeland; Kezhia Newman; Madison Bynum; Rachel Nichols; Saddie Sofia; Catherine O. Durham, DNP; Sharon L. Kozachik, Ph.D., RN; Kathleen Ellis; Jessica Southern, Registered Nurse; and Dean of the College of Nursing Linda S. Weglicki, Ph.D., RN

Research: AppBuilder: A New Content Management System to Simplify Application Development, Project Team: Jessica Chandler; Tonya Hazelton; Jonathan Tindell; Bernie Jansen; Les Lenert, MD; and Kenneth Ruggiero, Ph.D.

MUSC-Siemens Joint Project Grant ($50,000)

Maria Spampinato, MD, received the co-sponsored grant from the MUSC-Siemens Photon CT project to study how CT angiography plays a key role in the noninvasive assessment of

cerebrovascular disease in acute stroke and stroke prevention. She will receive $50,000 to continue her work.

Cancer Entrepreneurship Science Award ($50,000)

Jointly funded by the Hollings Cancer Center and the Office of Innovation, Philip Howe, MD, received $50,000 to fund his research into the role that the ARIH1 protein plays in breast tumor metastasis and to study new ways to generate small molecule inhibitors.

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