It is with great Panther Pride that we wish to congratulate Ranu Jung, eminent scholar professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Adaptive Neural System Lab (ANSL) team for being named a 2020 Cade Prize winner.

Under the direction of Jung, the ANSL team won a Cade Prize for developing the pioneering neural-enabled prosthetic hand (NEPH) investigational device system, which restores a sense of touch/grasp force and hand opening by stimulating sensory nerve fibers in the residual limb with fine wires implanted inside nerves, allowing amputees to “feel” again. Last fall, Jung was awarded $6 million by the Department of Defense to expand feasibility testing of the system to military veterans and other amputees.

Prosthetic Hand InventionFive prizes totaling $50,000 were awarded, consisting of one $21,000 First Place Prize, $13,000 Second Place Prize, $8,000 Third Place Prize, $5,000 Fourth Place Prize, and $3,000 Fifth Place Prize. Each finalist will also receive $2,000 in in-kind legal services from Saliwanchik Lloyd & Eisenschenk.

The Cade Prize and the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention are the legacy of Dr. Robert Cade, best known as the leader of the research team that invented Gatorade.