Stanford Biodesign Fellows receive the Robert Howard Next Step Award for med tech innovations

We’re delighted to announce two outstanding winning teams in the first Robert Howard Next Step Award for innovations in medical technology, presented in honor of long-time LUNAR leader Robert Howard:

  • Team 1: Calcula, for their minimally invasive kidney stone removal system, and
  • Team 2: DiaLock, for their a safer way to control bleeding in laparoscopic surgery.

Buzz Bonneau, David Gal, Dan Azagury and Kate Garrett comprise Team 1. Team 2 includes Luke Tay, Tze Kiat Ng, Pearline Teo and Justin Phoon. All team members are Stanford Biodesign Fellows at Stanford University.

Each of the teams will receive 100 hours of design and engineering consultation from LUNAR. Over a period of 3-4 months, recipients will collaborate with LUNAR to develop the medical technologies they conceived in the Biodesign program.

“In many ways this award is an extension of what Robert had already initiated,” LUNAR President John Edson said at the June 12 award ceremony. “He loved to work with smart people and good ideas, so he brought a number of projects to LUNAR that needed some pro bono assistance to get them off the blocks. Just as Robert always made time to help others, we are giving time in his memory.”

John Edson presents the Robert Howard Next Step Award.
John Edson presents the Robert Howard Next Step Award.

Award recipients also will be recognized on commemorative plaques on display at Stanford and LUNAR.

The Robert Howard Next Step Award for innovations in medical technology commemorates the many extraordinary contributions made by Robert over his 15 years with LUNAR. Robert and his family died in a tragic roadway accident while on vacation in Canada in 2011.

Congratulations to the winning teams, and to all the teams who entered the competition. Robert would have been proud of their great work and would have loved to be involved in helping take their designs to the next level.

Read about the award on the Stanford Biodesign Program website.

LUNAR Co-Founder Jeff Smith at the awards presentation.
LUNAR Co-Founder Jeff Smith at the awards presentation.

Paul G. Yock, Director of the Stanford Biodesign program, (left) and John congratulate members of DiaLock on their award.
Paul G. Yock, Director of the Stanford Biodesign program, (left) and John congratulate
members of DiaLock on their award.

We were honored to have Ronald Howard, father of Robert, attend the ceremony.
We were honored to have Ronald Howard, father of Robert, attend the ceremony.

The Robert Howard Next Step Award commemorative plaque will be displayed at Stanford and LUNAR.
The Robert Howard Next Step Award commemorative plaque will be displayed
at Stanford and LUNAR.





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