Teddy bears, mechanical leeches, brain drill bits and many more prototypes are not things you would expect to see at a typical student competition. But the annual Bench-2-Bedside competition at the University of Utah is anything but typical.

Bench-2-Bedside is a medical-device prototype and business-plan competition that just concluded its third season. Eighteen teams competed, and the top teams won more than $70,000 in cash and prizes to develop their ideas. Teams consisted of students from across campus – including medical, engineering and business students. Each team begins with only $500 and an idea. In six months, they create a working prototype and solid business plan.

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