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Minne Ties, a system for securing the jaw shut to promote proper healing following an injury, was licensed for commercial development through the U's Office for Technology Commercialization.

The idea went on to become, in 2017, the first invention out of the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center’s Innovation Fellows Program to be commercially marketed. Summit Medical, the Eagan manufacturer of the Minne Ties Agile system, has sold nearly 1,000 units and trained doctors at dozens of hospitals since then. The device took home silver this summer at the 20th annual Medical Design Excellence Awards in New York City.

Read the full story in the Star Tribune.