13-year-old Mallory Kievman from Manchester, Connecticut will soon be leading a team of MBA students from the University of Connecticut as she launches her inventive product for stopping hiccups: Hiccupops. Mallory’s lollipops, which she developed in her kitchen, are made with apple cider vinegar and sugar. She told the New York Times:
It triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc. It basically over-stimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup.
Hiccupops won prizes for innovation and patentability at the Connecticut Invention Convention, an annual competition for kids, where a patent was filed on Mallory’s behalf. She has also presented the product at a state economic summit and networking group Xcellr8 Innovation Cell.
This summer, the University of Connecticut’s Innovation Accelerator will be sending Mallory a group of graduate business students to help launch Hiccupops nationwide. She hopes her product will soon be found in school nurses’ offices and drugstores across the country.