University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Innovation Fellow Alumni

Steven Reinitz

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STEVEN REINITZ, PhD (2015-2016)

Steve completed his BA from Dartmouth College and his BE from the Thayer School of Engineering concurrently in 2009. During his undergraduate Steve worked in the Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center as a research intern, where he investigated mechanical failure modes in metal and ceramic artificial hip and knee implants. He also partnered with orthopaedic surgeons in Alaska to develop a low-cost external fixator for developing nations.

Steve was one of five students selected into the second class of Innovation Fellows in the Thayer School of Engieering's first in the nation PhD Innovation Program. In 2012 Steve was named the Holekamp Family Innovation Fellow. His graduate research spanned three areas. He continued his work studying failure modes in orthopaedic implants, especially focused on the in vivo chemical degradation of polyethylene bearing surfaces. He also worked to develop better bearing materials for these implants using a novel polymer processing technique developed at Dartmouth. Lastly, Steve teamed with doctors at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on various medical device projects in the areas of orthopaedics, trauma surgery, and anesthesia delivery and sterile practice.

Most recently, Steve worked as Project Director for development of the Tib-Finder™ alignment guide, a tool that simplifies the process of placing an intra-osseous line. He presented this work to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as part of their "Innovation on the Edge: Accelerating Solutions in the Fight against Ebola" conference. Steve's medical device development projects have produced five patent disclosures and two awarded patents, and have led to the formation of two startups. One of those companies, BBR Medical Innovations, was a MassChallenge Finalist in 2013, where Steve represented his team in a four month accelerator program. Steve has published his research in 6 peer-reviewed papers and more than two dozen conference abstracts, including podium presentations at major conferences like the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Steve is new to the Twin Cities and is looking forward to exploring the area. In his free time he enjoys skiing, ballroom dance, and cooking.


(Last Updated August 2015)

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