CCTS Inventor Showcase Series

A partnership between CCTS, OSU Office of Innovation and Economic Development and Nationwide Children's Hospital Office of Technology Commercialization

The CCTS’s Translational Innovation Program, in partnership with the Office of Innovation and Economic Development [external link] and Nationwide Children's Hospital's Office of Technology Commercialization [external link], launched an in-person monthly Startup Inventor Showcase [external link] in January 2020. We pivoted our programming to a virtual panel series in June 2020 to highlight experts who are collaborating to fight against COVID-19 on our front lines of innovation at an unprecedented pace.  We held the last COVID-19 Inventor Showcase [external link] in June 2021.  We are now continuing the virtual monthly series as the “CCTS Inventor Showcase” to highlight all types of innovations on our campuses.

To inspire innovations and collaborations, the new Monthly Speaker Series aims to promote an entrepreneurial mindset among clinicians, faculty, senior leaders, students and staff of The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Since academic entrepreneurship is a team sport, the series will provide a forum for showcasing the stories behind various types of innovations as well as key resources in the innovation ecosystem.

Some of the goals of the new series are to:

  • Feature inventors from a variety of fields and their exemplary work at the intersection of academic achievement, science, technology, and business focused on commercially viable projects that improve human health
  • Animate entrepreneurship as an exciting pathway and outcome of university research to address the most urgent and critical health challenge of our time.
  • Demystify and nurture an entrepreneurial mindset among our clinicians, faculty and students
  • Introduce and bring together representatives from the various support services, resources, funding mechanisms, training and guidance available to inventors
  • Inspire innovation teams and advance team science from devices, technologies, discovery to prevention to therapies.

The panel speaker series will be offered once a month and only through a virtual platform due to the global pandemic. There will be time for Q & A following the feature presentations. All are welcome.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Tanya Mathew [email].

November Inventor Showcase

Hear Me Read – A Novel Digital Storybook Intervention Platform for Children with Hearing Loss

Nearly 34 million children globally have disabling hearing loss, facing challenges in developing spoken language and literacy. Expert therapy is needed to achieve these goals, and no digital therapy interventions designed for deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) children are available. Our November inventors have created a novel mobile app “Hear Me Read” designed to use digital stories as audio and video tools in therapy, in a platform that enhances family engagement for D/HH children. Therapists can select stories based on reading level, auditory and grammatical features, then assign them to parents with embedded individualized prompts and therapeutic goals. Parents can create personalized narrations of a book, explore vocabulary and the embedded therapist prompts and tasks. This innovative team is made up of pediatric hearing loss professionals (speech and language therapists, ENT surgeon), a parent of a D/HH child, and a software designer, all of whom incorporated design elements tailored to the specific learning needs of these children. Join us at our November showcase to learn how “Hear Me Read” was developed to help at-risk children use storybooks in a single app to achieve multiple therapy goals over time!

Date: November 30, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Event Co-host: Nationwide Children’s Hospital  

Register for the Inventor Showcase 

November 2021 Inventor Team  

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

  • Prashant S. Malhotra, MD, FAAP, Associate Professor, Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Janelle Huefner, MA, CCC-SLP, A/AOGPE, Speech Language Pathology
  • John Luna, MFA, Interactive Media Developer, IT Research & Innovation


  • Anand Satyapriya, MD, Senior Partner, Midwest Physician Anesthesia Services, Inc. 

Featured Campus Resources

  • Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Technology Development Fund  – Matthew McFarland, RPh, PhD, Vice President of Commercialization and Industry Relations & Director of OTC
  • Overview of Support for Inventors & Entrepreneurs – Andrew Corris, PharmD, JD, Licensing Associate
  • Voucher Program, Center for Clinical & Translational Science, The Ohio State University – Sean Collins, MS, Research Consultant

Inventor Bios

Prashant Solanki Malhotra, MD, FAAP  Since 2013, Prashant Solanki Malhotra, MD, FAAP has been a surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology and the Hearing and Implant Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He has helped build this program into a national leader in pediatric cochlear implantation and ear surgery. Dr. Malhotra received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his surgical residency in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and spent an additional year as a fellow in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University in California. Prior to moving to Columbus, Dr. Malhotra was faculty at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Malhotra’s academic and clinical interests primarily focus on problems relating to pediatric hearing loss and pediatric cochlear implantation. He passionately advocates for the needs of deaf/hard of hearing children at the state and national level.  He is an engaged instructor of ENT and Pediatric resident and fellow trainees and medical students.  Dr. Malhotra’s current innovation focus is in developing digital applications to help deaf/hard of hearing children with language and literacy goals. He can be reached at  

Janelle Huefner, MA CCC-SLP, A/AOGPE, is a Board Certified Speech-Language Pathologist in the Department of Speech Language Pathology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is Orton-Gillingham-trained at the Academy Associate Level. She received her master’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences in California and has been a practicing pediatric speech language pathologist for 22 years in hospitals, home-based early intervention programs, educational settings including private, public and charter schools as well as private practice. She joined the Hearing Program and Dyslexia Team in 2018 and is clinically focused on spoken language and literacy development with patients who have hearing loss and patients with dyslexia. Janelle has a passion for serving young children diagnosed with hearing loss and students facing language-based academic and behavioral difficulties from hearing/listening, speaking, reading and/or written expression challenges.  Janelle’s current innovation focus is in providing clinical expertise in the development of digital applications to help deaf/hard of hearing children with language and literacy goals and expanding the application for those who also have dyslexia. She can be reached at Janelle.huefner@nationwidechildren’

Anand Satyapriya, MD is an anesthesiologist and intensivist at Midwest Physician Anesthesia Services in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Satyapriya attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation and then an Intensive Care Unit Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation as well. He stayed on as ICU staff at Cleveland Clinic until his wife wife, also an anesthesiologist/intensivist @ OSU and currently ECMO director graduated from training. Dr. Satyapriya grew up in Columbus and moved from Cleveland to Columbus to raise their family and further their careers. They have 3 young children (10, 7 and 2). Since joining MPAS, his focus has been on quality improvement – heading the Continuous Process Improvement Team and Clinical Guidance Councils at Ohio Health. He has also pursued administrative roles such as ICU director, President/CEO of MPAS and now serving as a board member. Dr. Satyapriya’s interest in developing this technology is secondary to his family’s journey through the hearing impairment world. This app is being developed with Dr. Prashant Malhotra, Shana Lucius, Janelle Huefner and John Luna. Its aim is to help hearing impaired children navigate the path of speech therapy in a more efficient, evidence- based manner with digital story books. He can be reached at