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Johns Hopkins Student Team Wins $5K at Collegiate Inventors Competition

The Hub

November 1, 2019


Relavo, a startup founded and staffed by a team of Johns Hopkins students, was named the undergraduate runner-up at the Collegiate Inventors Competition in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday. Their device, PeritoneX, protects patients with kidney failure from developing infections during at-home peritoneal dialysis treatments.

Established in 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and is sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Five undergraduate teams and five graduate teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. were selected as finalists in the competition and invited to present their devices to a panel of judges, which included inventors and USPTO officials.

"It was amazing to present our work to a panel of such highly esteemed judges who were genuinely interested in our inventions," said Sarah Lee, Relavo's founder and team leader. "It was also inspiring to meet the other finalists and see all of the amazing things that they created. The National Inventors Hall of Fame put on a great competition and provided us with valuable mentors and opportunities to learn from the best inventors in the world. All in all, I loved presenting my work there, and was so inspired by the experience."