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New health technology from McMaster Engineering grads jumps to next round of James Dyson AwardSeptember 22, 2017

The sKan, a cancer detection device developed by four recent graduates of the Electrical and Biomedical Engineering program at McMaster, has been selected as a national runner up for the James Dyson Award.

The sKan, a cancer detection device developed by four recent graduates of the Electrical and Biomedical Engineering program at McMaster, has been selected as a national runner up for the James Dyson Award.

Michael Takla, Rotimi Fadiya, Prateek Mathur and Shivad Bhavsar will move on with four other Canadian teams to the next round of the award, where a panel of Dyson engineers will select a top 20 international shortlist.

The sKan assists physicians and the average individual with detecting melanomas by creating a thermal map of the region of interest on the skin. It provides a quantitative measurement to complement the current qualitative diagnostic method.

This past March, the sKan won the Emerging Entrepreneur, the People’s Choice award and $10K in prize money at the 2017 Forge@MAC Student Startup Competition.

The James Dyson Award runs in 23 countries. The contest is open to university level students and recent graduates studying product design, industrial design and engineering.

The Dyson engineers’ shortlist will be announced on September 28 and the international winner and finalists will be announced on October 26. The winner will receive $50K and $8,500 for the students’ university department. The two runners-up will receive $8,500 each.