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Medical Bone Printer Wins Innovation Challenge

Published: May 1, 2015

A 3-D printer boasting unique technology that can replicate bone structures created by a team of entrepreneurial CSULB students was selected as the winner of the university’s fifth annual Innovation Challenge. The students’ company, LuxNova, will be provided with $10,000 seed funding and a variety of business services including office space, marketing services and legal assistance to get their concept off the ground.

“The LuxNova bone printer is a unique technology that can replicate not only bone structures, but micro and nanostructures,” said Trevor Wagner, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and President/CEO of LuxNova. “Our technology will hopefully revolutionize and create further solutions for medical applications.”

The students hope to bring the robotic industry closer to the medical industry by providing robotic technology such as 3-D printing to the medical field. The bone printer creates printed bone material that matches the porosity of real bone to prevent rejection by the body.

The Innovation Challenge is co-sponsored by the colleges of Business Administration, Engineering and the Arts. Selected from a pool of four finalists, LuxNova was named the winner during an awards ceremony on April 9 at the Pointe Conference Center at the Walter Pyramid. Student participants were judged on a variety of factors including a business plan with sound marketing and sales concepts and the content and quality of their presentations. The panel of judges included professional engineering executives and the event was also attended by CSULB President Jane Close Conoley and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.

“Without the Innovation Challenge, this might have been a lost idea,” added Wagner. “Winning offers us the opportunity to further our research and development and to further our company as a whole.”