Introducing the Class of 2022

Introducing the Class of 2022

After reviewing almost 200 applications from 40 countries worldwide, we're pleased to announce our inaugural Idea Lab class of 2022.

These passionate problem-solvers are addressing issues in women's health, clean energy, and sustainability.

Ikshana Healthcare (Bengaluru, Karnataka, India) with its “Ikshana wearable urinary incontinence solution” – Komal Shah, founder and design development lead, Manish Arora, Ph.D., co-founder and technical development lead, and their team are committed to helping the 200 million people worldwide who suffer from urinary incontinence. The Ikshana solution will use a novel adaptive stimulation method to significantly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of treatment over existing solutions in a convenient, discrete wearable.

hatchTank (Helotes, Texas, U.S.) with its “PikePower water turbine” – Founder Matthis Herrera and Byron Hairston, project lead, are modeling a fully submerged electricity turbine and generator system for naturally flowing water streams, including rivers, tidal, and deep ocean currents, helping to address the need for a renewable baseload energy source that keeps pace with growing electrification needs and carbon reduction goals.

FLOW Period, LLC (New York, NY, U.S.) with “The Flow menstrual cup cleaner” – Co-founders Taya Voronko, Daniela Durón García, and Andrew Parda are developing a device to clean and sanitize insertable menstrual cups, empowering women to choose a cup for its environmental and cost saving benefits compared to other less sustainable period products.

Meet the Innovators!

Komal Shah
Komal Shah
Addressing Urinary Incontinence

Ms. Komal Shah is an entrepreneur-in-residence at Society for Innovation and Development, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. She has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed research publications and is currently leading the development of a system for adaptive stimulation treatment of urinary incontinence. Her current research interests are translational in nature with a strong focus on healthcare for women.

Manish Arora
Manish Arora
Addressing Urinary Incontinence

Dr. Manish Arora is currently an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. His research interests include design-driven medical device development for resource-constrained settings, open and collaborative design, biomedical ultrasound, and multi-material additive manufacturing.

Matthis Herrera
Matthis Herrera
Addressing Hydro-Power

Matthis Herrera, MS in Finance. Founder and operator of multiple small businesses, including several in the electricity supply and demand Cleantech spaces, including PikePower. Additionally, for the last nine years of his 20 years of military service, he has been proudly serving as a Logistics Officer in the Army National Guard.

Byron Hairston
Byron Hairston
Addressing Hydro-Power

Byron Hairston has several years of experience in the electric utility industry at multiple companies led to him joining PikePower. Since, he has been exposed to diverse experiences, including investigating potential energy available from various bodies of water (rivers, tidal, deep ocean currents), outreach and recruitment. He looks forward to tackling the challenges of tomorrow.

Taya Voronko
Taya Voronko
Addressing Menstrual Health

Equipped with experience in the pharmaceutical industry, product design, and water purification projects, Taya aims to develop the FLOW into a device made for enhanced and accessible health.

Daniela Durón García
Daniela Durón García
Addressing Menstrual Health

Daniela is eager to use her engineering and first-hand menstrual cup experiences to give back to her community through the products she creates.

Andrew Parda
Andrew Parda
Addressing Menstrual Health

Andrew hopes to channel his product research skills to empower menstruators by addressing inconvenience, stigma, safety, and cleanliness through the user-centered features of FLOW products.

Inspiration

Ikshana Healthcare

Ikshana Healthcare

Komal Shah earned a master's degree in product design with a women's health focus. Komal was part of clinical trials and had the opportunity to speak with a lot of women whose grandmothers and mothers had the issue; it also affects a lot of pregnant women. One in three women are affected by urinary incontinence at some point in their lifetime. So, these women just expected to experience it themselves someday and didn't know it could be treated. Komal found that existing electrical stimulation devices don't address different body postures or positions for optimal clinical outcome. She's devoted full time to this project, working on the preincubation phase at the Indian Institute of Science where she is an entrepreneur in residence with some funding and access to labs. However, she feels the team requires technical advice and mentorship during prototype development. Komal heard about Idea Lab through ISHOW alumni Deval Karia, ISHOW India 2021 winner. "Hardware centric innovations require significant guidance to translate into meaningful products and a tangible impact. Timely and relevant mentorship can often make or break such innovation journeys. The ASME Idea lab can help us navigate the challenges of product design/development and receive mentorship, tools, and guidance," says Komal. "We strongly believe that it is important for everyone to look for the area where their work can have the biggest impact, to understand that impact and then dig in. The potential for our work to impact the lives of women around the world has always been an important driving factor for our team. We hope to achieve it soon."

hatchTank

hatchTank

Back in 2014, hatchTank Co-Founder Matthis Herrera had a mobile pet grooming company with vans that were equipped with big, expensive fossil fuel generators. As the company grew over the next six years, he became concerned about the carbon contributions his vans were making to the environment. He tried to find a more sustainable alternative, gravitating toward battery power, but couldn’t find a workable off-the-shelf solution. So, in true entrepreneurial style, he starting developing his own. However, he soon realized that sustainable battery power depends on the availability of a sustainable/renewable energy source and the idea for PikePower emerged. He sold the mobile pet grooming business at the end of 2020 and started to pursue clean energy technology full time. He hired two early career mechanical engineers who have gone on this journey with him. They have been reaching out to universities to widen their bandwidth. They believe in that renewable energy from Tidal, deep ocean and deep river currents has the potential to serve as a baseload generation source right now, with so much of global population living within three kilometers from a river. They've already done some testing of the concept with University of Texas at San Antonio and they're looking for more technical assistance from industry, hoping to engage energy companies soon.

FLOW Period, LLC

FLOW Period, LLC

While studying at Columbia University, the friends who would become the FLOW team were interested in sustainable women’s health issues. They came up with the menstrual cup cleaner idea for their senior capstone project, but unfortunately didn't make it to the prototype stage due to the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown. Undaunted, they did some fundraising with Indiegogo and Square Space sharing and were able to buy equipment to develop UV circuitry. However, they still needed proof of concept for the rotating mechanism used to clean the cup, as well as lab space and tools to build internal components since they lost their access to university facilities after graduation. "The Idea Lab is a perfect match for early-stage startups like ours who have an idea, but need access to mentorship and resources to bring it to life. Our team also connected with the Idea Lab’s focus on sustainable and human-centered design, which we believe align with The Flow’s goals and design practices," says Taya Voronko, FLOW Period LLC co-founder. "Women’s health and period care are often neglected fields and design spaces. As a majority women team, we felt a need to channel our design and engineering skills to fill gaps for the betterment of ourselves, other menstruators, and our environment."