Patent on Gag-Reflex Reduction Device Granted to Miami

Donna and Michael discuss a controlled-flow sippy cup

The year of 2014 brought good news for Miami’s innovation portfolio. The Office of Technology Transfer and Business Partnerships received news from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that a patent will be granted on Miami’s gag-reflex reduction device.

This device, invented by Donna Scarborough (Speech Pathology and Audiology) and Michael Bailey-Van Kuren (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering), diminishes the gag reflex in situations where a hyper-sensitive response can interfere with routine health procedures. Currently there is no clinically-tested and approved product for this healthcare problem.