Two Jasper High School seniors have come up with an idea that they believe will assist doctors with robotic surgeries and save lives, as reported by The Dubois County Free Press. The details of this invention have yet to be released, but their newly founded company, Mehringer-Pieper Innovations Inc., has filed a patent application for their idea.
Firm partners William J. Kaiser Jr. and Brian W. Chellgren are representing the two high school friends, Noah Mehringer and Nick Pieper, and their young company in their pursuits. Kaiser and Chellgren helped form the new company, assisted with the application of grants, and prepared the patent application.
According to the publication, the two young inventors have finished developing a prototype, and on May 17, Grow Dubois County provided the fledgling company with $4,000 to assist them with the legal expenses of acquiring the patent. The pair will continue working with BGD to complete the expensive process to protect their idea.
The high school seniors came up with the idea about the improvement on robotic surgery after attending a conference on robotic surgery at Memorial Hospital last September. The pair were there as part of Jasper High School’s Health Occupation program.
Robotic surgery is growing because it allows doctors to perform minimally invasive procedures allowing quicker healing for patients. Doctors can make smaller incisions and work in much smaller areas with the added precision of the robot translating their movements during surgical procedures. Their product would potentially make the interface with the robot more user-friendly for doctors.
”Noah and Nick have shown an impressive amount of creativity, diligence and thoroughness in their work” said Brian Chellgren. “I see a bright future for them both.”
Congratulations Nick and Noah!