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Matthew Knoespel and Philip Terrien
May 1, 2018

Biomedical engineering team takes top honors in business plan competition

Written By: Tom Ziemer


A company that emerged from the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s undergraduate design curriculum took first place in last week’s Wisconsin School of Business 2018 Business Plan Competition.

Atrility Medical, represented by senior Connor Sheedy and recent graduates Matthew Knoespel and Philip Terrien, won $4,000 and space in the soon-to-open entrepreneurial base StartingBlock. Atrility Medical’s device is designed to improve the speed and accuracy of the diagnosis of arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat, following surgery.

Two engineering student ventures also tied for third place, earning $1,000 each:

• G0 Thermal, a high-tech, low-cost polymer heat exchanger company created by Tom Mulholland (MSME ’12), a PhD student in polymer and plastics engineering, and Jake Boxleitner (BSME ’17), a master’s student in mechanical engineering.

• Pyran, which has developed a low-cost and renewable way to produce a chemical used in paints and plastics, started by Kevin Barnett, a PhD student in chemical and biological engineering.