The team who created FastStitch,
, has won the 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition. Their first-place award will give the team $12,500, and their faculty adviser,
, will receive an additional $4,000.
FastStitch has already won more than $90,000 in grants and prizes and is shopping their product to venture capitalists via their start-up company,
Team member Daniel Peng said this was the most distinguished panel of judges the team had ever faced, including the inventors of angioplasty, a technique to widen arteries, and the first defibrillator, which shocks irregular hearts back into a normal rhythm.