UW Madison students invent high-tech bandage

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 -- 10:00 p.m.

When you put 4 engineers in a room, they're certain to get to work.

Sarah Sandock, Mehdi Shokoueinejad, Yei Hwan Jung and Akshay Kumar are all engineering students at UW Madison... and all part of a successful team.

"There is no other product like this in the market," said Akshay Kumar, adding that it has very good market potential.

They invented a bandage that uses LED technology to apply light therapy for a faster healing process.

Traditionally, this kind of technology could only be applied in hospital settings -- now, everybody could be able to apply it at home.

"There are a lot of ways that people treat wounds or try to accelerate the wound healing process," according to Sandock, explaining that "one of those methods is light therapy".

Sandock said she and her group have no "taken this traditional treatment and incorporated it into a thin disposable bandage".

The device is powered by a small, rechargeable battery and should actually be affordable if it hits the shelves.

They already won a $15,000 prize for first place at the 2014 Qualcomm Innovation competition, held at UW-Madison last week.

Mehdi Shokoueinejad said it took a lot of brain-storming.

"We finally found the problem that needed to be solved and after that we came up with the idea of a smart bandage."

Now the group has to wait for FDA approval before they can test it on humans, but they're confident that it will work.

"It makes light therapy as easy as putting a bandage on your wound," Yei Hwan Jung, the electrical engineer in the group, explained.

The group is entering in several other competitions in the near future and they all say they think they have a good shot at winning more.

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