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Bluegrass Vascular Technologies, Inc. (BVT)

BVT develops innovative lifesaving devices that address shortcomings in vascular access. The Company has completed FIM and US and EU regulatory submissions.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Medical Devices and Equipment
  • Location San Antonio, TX, US
  • Currency USD
  • Founded February 2011
  • Employees 4
  • Website

Company Summary

BVT is in the business of innovating lifesaving devices and techniques that address shortcomings in vascular access procedures and applications. BVT’s first product is the Surfacer(r) Inside-Out(tm) Access System, a catheter system that provides central venous access from the inside-out. There is a substantial but unreported number of patients with blocked venous access thus jeopardizing live saving therapies such as dialysis, chemo, and nutrition.


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    Robert L Coleman

    Dr. Coleman brings 30 plus years in the medical device business spanning startups, turnarounds and IPOs. Bob recently retired back in his native Kentucky and has been instrumental in launching BVT. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Morehead State University and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Tennessee. He is on the board of publically traded Masimo and founded a cancer diagnostic startup in Irvine, CA.

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    Chief Operating Officer, Founder

    Jim is a startup veteran with experience in both fund raising, technology commercialization and startup finance. Jim holds a BS from Washington and Lee University and a MBA from Vanderbilt.

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    Laura Minarsch
    Director of Clinical Affairs

    Laura is a veteran medical device clinician and has led numerous early stage companies from concept through to successful clearance. Her background includes clinical experience in Italy under the guidance of Dr. Colombo.

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    John C Gurley, MD
    Chief Medical Officer

    Founder, inventor and interventional cardiologist at the University of Kentucky.

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    Katie Arnold
    Director of Marketing

    Katie is a strategic marketing professional with 18 years of healthcare experience working with medical technology companies on the entire spectrum of marketing needs: from early stage market development strategies and competitive assessments to downstream launch execution and commercialization efforts. Her experience ranges from venture-backed start-up firms to Fortune 500 public companies.

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    CEO and President

    Gabi has more than 25 years of experience in the development and commercialization of medical devices. Previously, Gabi was SVP at ENTrigue Surgical and was with Concept to Market Medical. Gabriele has a Post-Doc in Orthopaedic Biomechanics at UTHSCSA, a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering from ISU, a Masters of Science in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering from ISU, and a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University.


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    David Willbrand, Thompson Hine
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    Ralph Meadows, CPA

Previous Investors

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    Various Bluegrass Angels (
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    Bluegrass Angel Funds
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    Commonwealth Seed Capital