Not all innovative technologies in Metro Detroit come from a research university or the automotive industry. Innovative Surgical Solutions is getting ready to market a new surgical tool developed at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
The medical device startup, founded by Chris Wybo and Stephen Bartol, created a monitoring system for spinal surgeries. NeuralMAS monitors nerve location during invasive spinal procedures, helping surgeons save time and avoid complications. The product is now fully developed and made Innovative Surgical Solutions a semi-finalist at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition.
“We have a lot of momentum right now after receiving FDA approval,” Wybo says. “We’d like to keep that going with some good PR. When it comes to startups, the hype is just as important as the capital.”
Innovative Surgical Solutions is preparing for an early 2011 launch. The Southfield-based firm recently hired three people, rounding out its staff to five employees and a handful of independent contractors. Wybo expects quick adoption by surgeons to spur rapid growth in 2011, allowing the company to hire another 15 people next year.
Source: Chris Wybo, co-founder and CTO of Innovation Surgical Solutions
Writer: Jon Zemke