Promedica Considers STEM Club Invention
On Wednesday, February 17, a group of student inventors from the SUA STEM Club met with Promedica Innovations officers Joshua Hamerling and Daniel Cassavar to discuss the necessary steps to bring the student's "Swivel N' Slide" invention to market under Promedica's guidance.
Promedica Innovations' purpose is to help Promedica inventors, as well as local inventors, connect with commercial companies interested in developing and marketing inventions that help mankind. The "Swivel N' Slide" helps people who have difficulty typing on computer keyboards due to a loss of arm motor control.
Last spring, the students crafted a provisional patent application with the pro bono help of Ms. Catherine Martineau, patent attorney from MacMillan, Sobanski and Todd LLC, a prominent Toledo intellectual property Law Agency.
The students learned on Wednesday that the next step is a huge one and that not many inventions make it to market. Hamerling and Cassavar acknowledged, however, that the student invention appeared to be worthy of further investigation and that they were willing to help facilitate the next step. Student member Morgan Amonett reflects, "I appreciated that they took our work seriously and were willing to work with us. They exposed us to a lot of important pieces of information that we will be able to apply to many different situations."