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JHS Seniors; Entrepreneurs Awarded Grant To Help Develop Prototype

Nick Steczyk with Grow Dubois County shown with Noah Mehringer (C) and Nick Pieper at JHS after the two were awarded the $4000 grant. PHOTO: Jasper High School

Marc Steczyk with Grow Dubois County (L) shown with Noah Mehringer (C) and Nick Pieper (R) at JHS.
PHOTO: Jasper High School

Jasper (NNDC) – Jasper High School seniors Nick Pieper and Noah Mehringer have been awarded a $4000 grant from Grow Dubois County to assist their company with a securing a patent.

Grow Dubois County is a non-profit entity of the local economic development group Dubois Strong, Inc.

The 18-year old best friends have formed a company called Mehringer-Pieper Innovations, Inc. for the purpose of developing a prototype they say will help improve how robotic surgery is used in the future.

The money will be used for a provisional patent to protect their idea for the yet-to-be disclosed prototype; its development has been encouraged by both JHS school faculty and staff at Memorial Hospital.

The two came up with their idea to improve the use of robotic surgery which is becoming a more and more popular surgical technique.

Bill Kaiser with the local law firm Bingham, Greenebaum and Doll, LLP, legal counsel for Grow Dubois County is assisting Mehringer and Pieper with the patent.

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