UNeMed hosts partnering day for medical devices


OMAHA, Neb. (June 14, 2017)—The Industry Partnering Summit entered its second year Wednesday when UNeMed hosted a small gathering of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, medical device professionals and University inventors.

Inventor/Founder Greg Gordon, M.D., presents his startup company, Radux Devices, during UNeMed’s 2017 Industry Partnering Summit.

UNeMed, the technology transfer and commercialization office for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, selected a core group of university medical device innovations and presented those inventions to industrial officials, investors and potential partners.

“I think it went well,” said Matt Boehm, UNeMed’s licensing manager who coordinated the event. “We did exactly what we wanted to do, which was get all these people in the same room and have some meaningful conversations.”

The all-day event was led by inventor-founder Greg Gordon, M.D., of Radux Devices. While at UNMC, Dr. Gordon invented several devices to protect physicians from radiation while improving outcomes of fluoroscopic procedures.

He was followed by Peter Pellegrino, a doctoral student working with Irving Zucker, Ph.D., who’s developed a way to make a new hypertension treatment possible. The new treatment involves destroying misfiring nerve-endings in the kidneys, and Zucker’s device would make that process far more effective.

Several other surgical devices were presented, including a new surgical robot, a cutting tool, an implant and new laparoscopic devices.

Medtronic’s Doug Hettrick (left) meets with UNMC’s Peter Pellegrino during UNeMed’s 2017 Industry Partnering Summit.

Shane Farritor, Ph.D., an engineer based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, showed off the surgical robots that drive his startup company, Virtual Incision. He is a co-founder with UNMC surgeon Dmitry Oleynikov, M.D.

Jason MacTaggart, M.D., a vascular surgeon at UNMC, presented his prototype for AquaBlade, a small waterjet designed to better treat aortic dissections from inside the vessel.

Marius Florescu, M.D., developed an implantation device that will help a vein and artery better form what’s known as an arteriovenous fistula—a critically important first step for patients with kidney failure to receive hemodialysis.

Jake Riggle, M.D., presented the latest prototype of his Intuitool, an ergonomically engineered laparoscopic tool.

The last of the surgical tools was a portable laparoscopic platform from Chandrakanth Are, M.D. The device would make minimally invasive surgeries more accessible throughout the world.

Other presentations were:

Alexey Kamenskiy, Ph.D., presented an innovative solution to stopping massive bleeding during catastrophic injuries.

Thang Nguyen’s wound irrigation system delivers constant and consistent pressure to wash thoroughly small foreign objects from wounds.

A device out of Jennifer Yentes’ lab at the Biomechanics facility at the University of Nebraska at Omaha rounded out the remaining presentations. Yentes, Ph.D., developed a wearable technology that might help doctors predict when a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is about to suffer a sudden and potentially fatal increase in symptoms.

Learn more about the presented technologies by viewing or downloading the event program below.

Shane Farritor, Ph.D., an engineer out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shows off his innovation surgical robots—and the company he co-founded with UNMC’s Dmitry Oleynikov, M.D.—during UNeMed’s 2017 Industry Partnering Summit.

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