Cougar Scientists Selected to Participate in the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit

Mrs. Ronzi’s Honors Anatomy and Physiology students regularly seek out a wide variety of educational opportunities, including practical field trips and unique dissections. This year’s class is no different,
Mrs. Ronzi’s Honors Anatomy and Physiology students regularly seek out a wide variety of educational opportunities, including practical field trips and unique dissections. This year’s class is no different, with four senior volunteers – Emma Malchesky, Maddie Kerestman, Samantha Mack, and Emily Werner – having recently been chosen to serve as judges at the 2019 Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit.

The annual summit features start-up companies looking to disrupt the healthcare industry with new products and services. Inspired by the popular TV series Shark Tank, the student judges will hear pitches from some of the nation’s leading healthcare start-ups and assess their viability in the marketplace alongside industry executives, investors, and corporate partners.

To be selected, the students had to pass a pre-program assessment, participate in an “Innovation Webinar,” and write a persuasive essay in support of funding one of the start-ups. In addition to the Cougars, teams from high schools across Northeast Ohio – including Gilmour, University School, and Beaumont – will be vying for two $150 cash prizes, which will be awarded for the top three essays (as judged by a panel of graduate students and Cleveland Clinic caregivers) and for the teams that select the winning products and services.

The
 competition will take place on Monday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic’s Global Center for Health Innovation, giving Mrs. Ronzi’s students five more weeks to prepare for event. Best of luck to Lake Catholic’s potential future medical professionals!
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