PharmD students Lauren Brock (class of 2020), and Collin Wolf (class of 2019) along with computer science students Chris Corsi and Edwin Mellet were grand prize winners of the Randall Family Big Idea Competition held on Pitt’s campus March 2017.
The team’s “Big Idea”, MediCase, was one of 35 entrepreneurial finalist teams at Pitt’s ninth annual — and biggest ever — Randall Family Big Idea Competition, the premier student innovation challenge in Western Pennsylvania. MediCase, a phone case that doubles as a pillbox, connected to an app that sends medication reminders, won the 2017 RFBIC Grand Prize of $25,000.
MediCase has four built in chambers for four types of pills. The integrated app reminds the user when it’s time to take a pill, and the user confirms reading the reminder with their fingerprint. Then the case dispenses the appropriate pills. One more fingerprint and the app locks — more secure even than a childproof pill bottle.
Photo Above L to R: Robert Randall and the MediCase team — Chris Corsi, Edwin Mellet, Lauren Brock, and Collin Wolf — with Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher