Liz Wong is an anesthetist at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs who invented a patented medical device that reduces surgical site infections and catheter-related bloodstream infections.

“So we invented an intravenous port and syringe system that is completely enclosed in a sterile chamber,” said Wong.

Wong began working on her invention 11 years ago and is about two years away from getting it to market.

She got a nice boost in 2018 when she won the local Fast Pitch competition sponsored by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.

She later won a fee of $ 1,500 and took third place at the county level.

“Well, it’s a little nerve-wracking because you have to stand in front of an audience and explain your journey so far,” said Wong.

CVEP’s Laura James says the agency started the competition 4 years ago.

The last year was canceled due to Covid-19.

“We’re hoping to achieve a few things. First of all, to celebrate the innovation that can be found here in the greater Palm Springs area, but also to get some of the unseen or unknown innovators out of woodworking,” said James.

During the competition, participants must give a five-minute presentation to a jury.

The judges then question the participants.

But James says the judges’ treatment is “friendly,” which isn’t always the case on ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank.

The April 14 local competition winner at the Mary Pickford Theater will win $ 1,000 worth of business services and the chance to compete at the county level for the chance to win $ 10,000.

“It gave me confidence that people would see the importance of my product,” said Wong.

The application deadline for the local Fast Pitch competition is Monday 5th April.

Use the link below to learn more about the event and apply to attend.

Fast Pitch Greater Palm Springs 2021

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