Eric Seibel’s medical tape innovation, UnTape, will gain the support of bioengineering senior Katherine Zhang and biology senior Jason Chan. This innovation is a new medical tape that can be removed quickly and painlessly through the application of heat while still retaining its high adhesive properties. These properties are necessary to hold medical devices in place, cover wounds, hold together the skin edges of a wound, and support an injured part of the body. Katherine and Jason will be designing experiments that will alter components of the medical tape in order to optimize its properties and will also work on customer development. In addition, they will provide project members with valuable information from key stakeholders such as nurses and patients regarding their experiences with medical tape, as well as their opinion and ideas for improvement on the UnTape prototype.
Katherine enjoys research centered around increasing accessibility to healthcare, specifically in low-resource countries. Jason has a passion for research that improves healthcare for both patients and practitioners, as well as research related to the study of infectious diseases and global health. He is excited about working on a product that improves both the performance of healthcare professionals and the care of patients, and also provides “the adventure of an up and coming startup.” Read more about Eric Seibel and his innovations.
Katherine and Jason are also currently enrolled in the NSF I-Corps program where they are learning about the commercialization of the Untape product, and directly applying those newly obtained skills to improve the existing prototype. Jason plans to pursue graduate studies in the health care field and continue research on medical devices and global health. Katherine’s future plans include a research capstone during which she hopes to publish and present in Spring 2021, and continue her studies by pursing a master’s degree in bioengineering or public health. Because she is considering going into the field of medical device development, Katherine is excited that her work this summer may have a near-term impact.