Doctor’s product takes top prize in EIGERlab FastPitch competition

ROCKFORD — Trevor Gibbs has found a cure for the cluttered, cramped workspaces he and other anesthesiologists experience at work.

His product Anestand keeps cords, hoses and other loose items near the operating table off the ground, organized and sanitary.

“It organizes the workspace,” said Gibbs, who works at Edward Hospital in Naperville. “We’re often working in very tight quarters.”

Gibbs’ invention took home the $5,000 first-place prize tonight at the 11th annual Northern Illinois University EIGERlab FastPitch Competition. He said he’ll use the money to obtain patenting paperwork and eventually find a manufacturer in either the Rockford or Chicago area.

More than 30 entrepreneurs, inventors and business professionals from four states pitched their products — and their ambitions — to a panel of judges during the competition, which took place at the Rockford NIU campus.

Over the years, EIGERlab — a business and innovator incubator — has supported local inventions that have made their way to the national spotlight on “Shark Tank,” “Good Morning America” and the Home Shopping Network.

“It’s a safe environment for them to test their products in front of the public and network with people,” said Sherry Pritz Enderle, marketing and events coordinator for EIGERlab.

Jared Larson, of Avalon, Wisconsin, took home second place and $1,000 for GunkStick, a device that gets cottonwood, slime and other debris off a fisherman’s line. Elisabeth Stecki of Chicago took third place and $500 for WhineWare, a TSA-approved kit that allows you to bring your own alcoholic beverages on your flight…

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