About Us

HyperCase is a student-led incubator aimed at solving healthcare challenges through inter-professional and interdisciplinary collaboration. We bring together student doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists, lawyers, and all professionals in training who are passionate about making a difference in healthcare. We seek solutions that make medical devices better, therapeutics cheaper, healthcare more accessible, and shape the future of medicine. We also strive to promote a culture of innovation both on and beyond the campus of Case Western Reserve University by helping participants develop problem-solving and collaborative mindsets with concrete real-world outcomes.


Equip interdisciplinary teams of students with the skills and resources to address unmet healthcare needs through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Interprofessional Collaboration

HyperCase brings together members with different backgrounds, each with unique strengths and perspectives, and aims to position them to have long-term success as a student venture.


HyperCase aims to guide teams through the design process to generate a solution to an unmet need in healthcare, from idea to business.

Business Development

HyperCase supports teams in pursuing strategic opportunities to grow as entrepreneurs.

Four phases to innovation

Phase 1: Needs Assessment

Literature search to establish the clinical background. Refine the clinical problem. Perform root cause analysis on the presented clinical problem. Understand the Stakeholders involved. Write a Needs Statement. Establish Needs Criteria. Understand the competitive landscape. Validate the need through stakeholder interviews. Understand the market value of a solution to this need.

Phase 2: Ideation

Continue Phase 1: Needs Assessment and revise Phase 1 deliverables. Perform literature search on competitive landscape. Brainstorm many solution concepts that specifically address the clinical need. Evaluate solution concepts (feasibility, efficacy, regulatory pathway, competitors, risks). Elicit feedback from advisors and stakeholders. Iterate process and narrow down to a top solution concept.

Phase 3: Development and Prototyping

Continue Phase 1: Needs Assessment and revise Phase 1 deliverables. Continue Phase 2: Ideation and revise/add-to Phase 2 deliverables. Refine top solution concept. Create prototyping and testing plan. Decide necessary materials and equipment. Manufacture 'works-like' and/or 'looks-like' prototypes. Evaluate efficacy of prototype. Iterate on designs for improvement. Consult stakeholders on key design requirements.

Phase 4: Verification and Validation

Continue Phase 1: Needs Assessment and revise Phase 1 deliverables. Continue Phase 2: Ideation and revise/add-to Phase 2 deliverables. Continue Phase 3: Solution Development and Prototyping and add-to Phase 3  deliverables. Improve prototype. Understand regulatory pathway and requirements. Design Verification and Validation tests. Verification: prototype meets the design requirements and needs criteria set by the team. Validation: prototype meets the expectations of stakeholders and addresses the clinical problem. Prove the efficacy of the design. Utilize the scientific method.

HyperCase Team

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Joseph Jankowski

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Yvette Zhu

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Elliot Crooks

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Sonia Kim

Faculty Relations Coordinator
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Millan Patel

Director of Structure & Curriculum
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Sean Li

Director of Faculty Relations
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Taseen Alam

Director of Outreach & Recruitment
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Nafis Eghrari

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Pratheek Makineni

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Katelyn Vlastaris

Parshva Sanghvi Profile

Parshva Sanghvi

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Arman Zadeh