Monthly Archives: November 2012

LifeShield Puts Campus Crime Prevention in the Hands of Smart Students with FREE Kindle Fire

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Allison Gumbs
LifeShield Security

LifeShield Puts Campus Crime Prevention in the Hands of Smart Students with FREE Kindle Fire

LifeShield + Kindle Fire Holiday Special Kicks Off on Black Friday, November 23rd

LANGHORNE, Pa., November 21, 2012 – LifeShield Security is giving students TWO GIFTS for the price of one this holiday season. Beginning Black Friday, November 23, college students or their parents who purchase a LifeShield wireless security system by calling 877-475-4839 can receive a FREE 7″ Kindle Fire to use both for fun and to monitor and control their LifeShield system with a free LifeShield security app.

Students are often the victims of crimes on campus for a variety of reasons, including careless roommates, unsecure apartments, and neighborhood crime. Students are often clueless about security because it is something their parents handle when they are at home. As the home security experts, LifeShield is committed to helping students stay safe by helping them secure their own living spaces. Teaching students smart security habits will help them remain safe their entire lives.

“To gift a LifeShield system, whether it’s to yourself or your child, you’re giving the gift of security and peace of mind to that person, and what could be better than that?” added Shannon Dominello, CMO, LifeShield. “Once customers activate their LifeShield system, they will receive their Kindle Fire, and can choose to either keep it, or gift it to someone else.”

Campus security and police can only investigate after a crime has been committed. Every student needs to take an active role in preventing crimes before they happen. Using technology such as wireless sensors, high-speed internet, and mobile apps, students can get better security protection than the expensive wired systems found in many homes. LifeShield home alarm systems offer unlimited text and email alerts to keep students and their roommates informed of dorm room security.

LifeShield wireless security systems are perfect for students, renters and others who move frequently. The system is portable, allowing students to install the system themselves in less than an hour, take it down, and re-install it in their next dorm or apartment as needed. Free LifeShield apps make it easy for anyone to access and use their security system from iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets. Students can also log in to the secure website to use their system at any time, no matter where they are in the world.

Order a security system from LifeShield by calling 877-475-4839. If customers prefer to receive their Kindle in time for Christmas, orders must be received by December 10th.

About LifeShield Security

LifeShield Security is the first national, professional grade and professionally monitored wireless security system that uses an easy to set-up “plug and protect” process, providing superior home protection and the best value in total home security. For more on LifeShield home security systems, visit

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Collegiate Inventors Competition® Awards more than $100,000 to Winners for their Inventions

WASHINGTON, November 13, 2012 - Recognizing the innovative ideas of today’s college and university students, the 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition, a program of Invent Now, today announced that a novel delivery therapy for treating cancer and a way to facilitate suturing in abdominal surgery have won top prizes during the Competition’s culminating ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Inanc Ortac of the University of California, San Diego received the $15,000 graduate first prize for his invention of Nano-Wiffle-Balls for Cancer Therapy, and Leslie Myint, Daniel Peng, Andy Tu, and Stephen Van Kooten received the $12,500 undergraduate first prize for their work with the FastStitch suturing device. The Competition is sponsored by the Abbott Fund, the non-profit foundation of the global health care company Abbott, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Competition is also a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012, a worldwide celebration of creativity, innovation, and ingenuity, founded by the Kauffman Foundation and designed to inspire entrepreneurial thinking and encourage entrepreneurs to launch new ventures.

Graduate student Brett Walker of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received second prize for his work, and Tamer Badawy of Wayne State University received third prize. Undergraduate student Eric Ronning of the University of Wisconsin is the second prize winner in his category, and Riley Csernica, Meredith Donaldson, Chelsea Ex-Lubeskie, and Kaitlin Grove of Clemson University received undergraduate third prize. Walker was recognized for his Reactive Silver Inks and received $12,500, and Badawy was recognized for his Autonomous Operation of Internal Combustion Engines on a Multitude of Fuels and received $10,000. In the undergraduate category, Ronning received $10,000 for ReHand, his new approach to a prosthetic hand, and the Clemson team received $7,500 for their Hi-Impact Shoulder Stabilization Device.

“The inventions chosen for this year’s Collegiate Invention Competition are a testament to our nation’s bright, young innovators,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “These students embody a true spirit of entrepreneurship and continue to strengthen our belief in America’s future.”

Experts from industry, government, and academic research initially judged student entries on the originality of the idea and the potential value and usefulness to society. On November 12th, seven undergraduate finalist teams met with a panel of judges, as did seven graduate finalist teams, presenting their innovative advances in areas such as medical devices, cancer therapies, avionics, and engineering. Both panels included Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame: Don Bateman (aircraft safety systems), Thomas Fogarty (embolectomy catheter), Marcian Hoff (microprocessor), Alois Langer (implantable defibrillator), Don Keck (optical fiber), Steve Sasson (digital camera), Gary Starkweather (laser printer), and James West (electret microphone). In addition, the panels include representatives from the USPTO, the Kauffman Foundation, and Abbott.

“The Collegiate Inventors Competition champions are the pioneers and role models of their generation in science, engineering and technology,” said Donald Halbert, Divisional Vice President and Site Head for the Abbott Biotherapeutics Corporation. “By highlighting the accomplishments of these young inventors, we hope to foster a better understanding of the importance of science and innovation in our lives.”

“The Collegiate Inventors Competition recognizes outstanding achievement,” said Thom Ruhe, Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. “Through recognition and encouragement, this new generation of young scientists and aspiring entrepreneurs will become tomorrow’s leaders, generating economic impact as they develop their inventions. We are pleased to be a part of that recognition and to have the Competition itself as a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week.”

In addition to the Competition being a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Competition finalists also are being given the opportunity to meet with Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to President Obama for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Todd Park, the United States Chief Technology Officer. The meeting further emphasizes the importance of the innovative and entrepreneurial endeavors undertaken by this group who have the potential to positively influence and advance the future of our society.

First prize graduate winner Ortac’s approach offers a versatile therapeutic strategy based on hiding and protecting otherwise immunogenic non-human enzymes from the immune system and their delivery to the target. He does this by fabricating what he calls “nano-wiffle-balls” out of silica and hiding enzymes within, then enclosing the wiffle balls with a second layer, trapping the enzymes, but leaving holes for other compounds to pass through. A non-toxic substance can be delivered systemically through the body, and activated by the enzymes inside the wiffle balls at the treatment site. In this way, therapy can potentially be applied to the majority of cancers including blood cancers, solid tumors, and metastic lesions with application-specific modifications. The Johns Hopkins first prize undergraduate winners have invented a plier-like device that can drive and transfer a needle across its jaw, intended to provide improved fascia closure during abdominal surgery. With this device, the team hopes that surgeons will be able to close the fibrous tissue layer more easily and safely, allowing for less post-operative complications such as herniation or bowel injury from needle stick. Their company, Archon Medical, hopes to successfully market their product.

Graduate student Walker recognized that silver-based inks are the heart of the printed electronics industry, but that they are also difficult and expensive to manufacture. His reactive silver inks are particle-free, can be patterned through fine nozzles, and are extremely simple to make, resulting in high yields and increased performance for lower cost. Student Badawy’s invention enables electronically controlled combustion engines to operate effectively on fuels of different physical and chemical properties. The state of the art technology autonomously readjusts engine systems based on a combustion sensor to achieve goals in power, fuel economy, and reduced emission.

In the Undergraduate category, second prize winner Ronning uses CT scanning and 3-D printing technology to replicate an amputee’s lost hand. In addition to using 3-D printing, the hand utilizes a unique differential pulley system to control the force of the hand’s grip, as well as providing an opposable thumb. The third prize Clemson team’s shoulder brace is a self-applicable, low-profile brace designed for athletes who have experienced an anterior shoulder dislocation. The brace provides compressive support to the glenohumeral joint during activity to aid in prevention of secondary dislocations while still allowing athletes to perform at a high level.

The Collegiate Inventors Competition has awarded more than $1 million to winning students over the last 21 years for their innovative work and scientific achievement through the help of its sponsors. This year’s finalists’ inventions included a rewritable and non-volatile data-storage device operating in living cells, an augmented altimeter to alert pilots to the danger of wake turbulence, and a new type of omnidirectional electric motorcycle that maneuvers on spheres instead of traditional wheels, among others.

About the Collegiate Inventors Competition
Invent Now, originally founded as the National Inventors Hall of Fame, looks for new and creative ways to spread the inventive spirit, developing a range of creative products, programs, and innovative partnerships that emphasize the importance of invention in society. It created the Collegiate Inventors Competition to promote innovation by recognizing inventors and scientists early in their careers and rewarding students’ often pioneering ideas as they address the problems of today’s world. Past finalists and winners have gone on to start their own companies based on their inventions, win prestigious fellowships and grants and receive national attention for their work. Introduced in 1990, this is the 21st year of the program. For more information on the Competition and past winners, visit

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