Saint Louis University

From left are Charles Andrus, M.D., faculty advisor; Terrence Brown, Ph.D., docent; Patrick Andrus and Jochen Schwenk, life science judge.
From left are Charles Andrus, M.D., faculty advisor; Terrence Brown, Ph.D., docent; Patrick Andrus and Jochen Schwenk, life science judge. Submitted photo

Student Patrick Andrus, of Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, placed second in the Idea to Product (I2P) Global Competition in Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 17.

Andrus joined 17 teams from all over the world to compete in one of three categories: Information and communications technology, energy and life science.

Andrus placed second in the Life Science category with the product idea, SonoGrab. SonoGrab is a surgical tool with a miniature ultrasound probe able to detect the location of a foreign object as a surgeon moves the tool through a patient's tissue.

"The experience was great and it was fascinating to see the innovations that others created," Andrus said. "It was also interesting to see where a team was from, what problem they solved and how obvious it was after they explained the need. Overall, it was a wonderful experience with everyone's excitement."

The I2P global competition was the last of three competitions Andrus has competed in this year. Andrus placed first in the Saint Louis University I2P campus competition and placed second in the I2P Missouri-Illinois Regional competition.

Idea to Product® Global is a competition in commercialization of research aiming to fill the gap between university research and business plan competitions. The annual I2P competition is a unique academic competition looking at ideas at their earliest stage.

Andrus' trip was funded by the Coleman Foundation, a private, independent grantmaker focusing primarily on the Midwest.