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BriteSeed, LLC is a Chicago-based medical device company committed to commercializing novel healthcare technologies that benefit patients and reduce medical costs. The company was born out of Northwestern's University’s 2011-2012 NUvention: Medical Innovation course.

In April 2013, BriteSeed, took second place in the Rice Business Plan Competition for their product SafeSnips™, a technology that can be integrated into surgical tools to detect blood vessels during surgery and prevent unintended bleeding. The team won $273,000 worth of investments and in-kind awards. For in-depth coverage of the competition, check out the McCormick School of Engineering news page. Check out our snapshot of BriteSeed below!

Congratulations to the BriteSeed team on second place at the Rice Business Plan Competition!

Co-founders Paul A. Fehrenbacher, president; Jonathan W. Gunn, PhD, CTO; Mayank Vijayvergia, lead engineer; and team member Hariharan Subramanian came together from three disciplines: law, engineering and medicine.

In the video below, Dr. David Mahvi, the Vice Chair of Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, discusses the risks associated with inadvertent blood vessel cuts and the potential positive impact of SafeSnips™ on patient health.

Learn more about BriteSeed at and @safesnips on Twitter.

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