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Northwell to give $100,000 to winning research project

Northwell Ventures executive Tom Thornton, left, and Todd

Northwell Ventures executive Tom Thornton, left, and Todd Goldstein, of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, examine a 3-D printer on March 8, 2016, at the institute in Manhasset. Credit: Uli Seit

Northwell Health is seeking to tap the wisdom of the public to decide which of three emerging medical innovations will receive $100,000 in development money, officials said Monday.

The health care system formerly known as North Shore-LIJ opened a contest Monday that allows both employees and members of the public to watch videos online about the projects and cast ballots at northwell.edu/vote.

The project with the most votes when balloting ends April 18 will get $100,000 in additional research support from Northwell Ventures, the system’s venture capital unit.

The projects are:

  • Identification Shield, a temporary, nontransferable stamp on the skin of patients that incorporates a bar code and serves as an alternative to the hospital wrist band.
  • A blood-loss manager device that stimulates the vagus nerve through the skin and reduces the amount of blood lost from wounds or surgery.
  • A modified 3-D printer to produce a three-dimensional, living, functional, biological tissue replacement using a patient’s own cells for a vast array of uses, including implants of organs and bones.

“We identify and celebrate pioneering, out-of-the box thinkers who are passionate about advancing medicine and changing lives — and have potential solutions to make that happen. We’re thrilled to be engaging the public in helping us decide which of these worthy innovations will receive our funding and support,” Northwell Health chief executive Michael J. Dowling said in a statement.

A spokesman said the winning project would get $100,000 in funding in the short term, but that the two other projects also could get support “at some point.”

“As the largest health care provider in New York State, we are pursuing new and different ways of telling our story of innovation,” Northwell chief marketing and communications officer Ramon Soto said in a statement.

With 61,000 employees and 21 hospitals, Northwell Health is New York State’s largest private employer.

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