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https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Alums-Brimer-Cohen-named-to-Forbes-30-Under-30.aspx760Alums Brimer, Cohen named to Forbes 30 Under 30<p>​In April 2013, two senior Engineering students won the School of Engineering & Applied Science's <a href="/news/Pages/Sparo-Labs-wins-$25,000-in-inaugural-Discovery-Competition.aspx">first Discovery Competition</a> for their low-cost medical device that measured lung function. This month, they were named to the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2018.<br/></p><img alt="Andrew Brimer and Abby Cohen of Sparo Labs" src="/news/PublishingImages/Andrew%20Brimer%20and%20Abby%20Cohen.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/36_.000">a</a></div><p>Andrew Brimer, who earned a degree in mechanical engineering, and Abby Cohen, who earned a degree in biomedical engineering, turned their Discovery Competition idea into Sparo Labs, which has continued to grow by leaps and bounds in four short years. The company has raised $2.7 million in funding since it was founded. The team also won at least 10 competitions, including the Olin Cup and the Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare. </p><p>The spirometer Brimer and Cohen developed became Wing, a pocket-sized device that measures lung function in patients with asthma or COPD and sends results to an app on a smartphone, allowing it to be used almost anywhere. Wing received FDA approval in June 2016. </p><p>Brimer and Cohen <a href="/news/Pages/Alumni-%E2%80%8Bentrepreneurs-invited-to-the-White-House.aspx">participated in the first-ever White House Demo Day hosted by then-President Barack Obama in August 2015</a>. Cohen was the only female and the only undergraduate student in the 2013 Class of Entrepreneurial Fellows by Pipeline. </p><p>Brimer and Cohen volunteer with the Skandalaris Summer Internship Program, a program that helps students find internships at local startups and incubate their own ideas; Prosper, an organization addressing the entrepreneur gender gap in the St. Louis region; Spark! Incubator, a startup incubator for high school students in the Parkway Public School District; and are on the board of directors for the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America - St. Louis Chapter. <br/></p><SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN><br/>​​​​​​<br/><br/><br/><span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>Forbes 30 under 30<br/>Healthcare<br/></h3><div><ul><li> <strong style="font-size: 1em;">Andrew Brimer, 27</strong><br/></li><li> <strong style="font-size: 1em;">Abby Cohen, 26</strong></li></ul></div><div>For patients with asthma or COPD, getting a lung function measurement is tough. Abby Cohen and Andrew Brimer's Sparo has obtained clearance to sell a smartphone device to measure lung function, and raised $2.7 million.<br/></div><div> <br/> </div><div> <a href="https://www.forbes.com/30-under-30/2018/healthcare/#50e146e3662b">Read more on Forbes.com</a><br/></div></div></span><br/><span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>Media Coverage<br/></h3><div> <strong>St. Louis Business Journal: </strong><a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2017/11/15/4-st-louis-entrepreneurs-named-to-forbes-30-under.html">"5 St. Louis entrepreneurs named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list"</a><br/></div></div></span><br/><br/> <div><div><div class="cstm-section"><h3>Entrepr​​eneurship at WashU</h3><ul><li> <a href="/our-school/initiatives/Pages/entrepreneurship.aspx">WashU engineers </a>are engaged in St. Louis' startup community and contribute to more than 20 accelerators and incubators.</li><li> <a href="http://fuse.wustl.edu/">WashU Fuse</a> - igniting innovation and connecting entrepreneurs​<br/></li></ul></div>​​​<br/></div></div>Andrew Brimer and Abby CohenBeth Miller 2017-11-16T06:00:00ZThe spirometer Andrew Brimer and Abby Cohen developed became Wing, a pocket-sized device that measures lung function in patients with asthma or COPD and sends results to an app on a smartphone, allowing it to be used almost anywhere.

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