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Oregon student wins $100K scholarship prize for developing ingestible battery

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Vineet Edupuganti. (Photo: Siemens Foundation) Vineet Edupuganti. (Photo: Siemens Foundation)
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A senior at Oregon Episcopal School won a $100,000 scholarship for developing a biodegradable and ingestible battery that could help simplify how doctors diagnose conditions affecting internal organs. 

On Tuesday, Vineet Edupuganti won the grand prize in the 17th annual Siemens Competition in Math, Science, & Technology for his project, which is entitled "Development of a High-Performance Biodegradable Battery for Transient Electronics."

The technology can be used for medical devices that track and diagnose conditions that affect internal organs, such as gastrointestinal disorders, which currently require complex imaging or invasive procedures to diagnose. 

Edupuganti developed a biodegradable battery that can power ingestible medical devices and dissolves after the device serves its purpose, which means it can be swallowed without harming the body. 

"Vineet's project doesn't just incrementally improve upon current capabilities – it represents a truly transforming step in creating a device that is both degradable and compatible with the body," said competition judge Dr. David Crouse, professor and chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Clarkson University. 

Edupuganti also received a third place grand award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2015 and 2016. 

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