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The Manipulet

Meet Hunter Csetri, Emnpreet Bahra, Lily Zhong, and Esa Ahmad, the creators behind The Manipulet.

The Manipulet is a modified endotracheal tube that enables stylet-free manipulation of its curvature, addressing a real-life problem they discovered during the team’s time shadowing a neurosurgery department.

Inspired by an anesthesiologist’s difficulties in maneuvering tubes through the trachea during intubation, the team spent significant time exploring solutions to apply.

As recent graduates from the iBioMed Health Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship program (HESE), this team began their project nearly two years ago through collaboration with Anna Korol, assistant professor, Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences, and the Innovator and Scrubs project, which transitioned into their capstone class at McMaster University. This team’s outstanding work garnered recognition at the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) Innovation Showcase. They were also awarded the 2023 iBioMed Innovation award.

Residency @ The Clinic has been an invaluable experience for the team, and they appreciate the networking opportunities orchestrated by The Clinic staff. They are grateful for their coach, Karen Scraba, for providing insightful feedback and connections that helped drive their project forward. The entrepreneurial and business insights gained through the program and the expertise generously shared by esteemed roundtable speakers were pivotal in their innovation journey.

Looking to the future, Hunter and Esa will be part of the Master of Biomedical Innovation inaugural cohort at the Marnix E. Heersink School of Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at McMaster University.   Lily and Emnpreet intend to pursue medical school and a Master of Engineering at the University of Toronto, respectively. Although their paths may diverge during post graduate studies, the entire team remains resolute in their commitment to advancing The Manipulet and bringing their health innovation to market.