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Medical Engineering Innovations, Inc.

MEI is developing procedure-specific RF surgical tools for nearly bloodless treatment of liver cancer, kidney cancer and uterine fibroids.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Medical Devices and Equipment
  • Location Madison, WI, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded October 2005
  • Employees 6
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website

Company Summary

MEI is developing surgical tools to resolve unmet needs and improve patient outcomes, primarily in the area of cancer treatment. Our core technology, SwiftBlade, is focused on minimizing blood loss during liver resections. We believe this technology will also provide substantial benefit when applied to partial nephrectomies and the treatment of uterine fibroids. Globally, the market potential for this product family is $3.6 billion.


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    Richard Schmidt
    Chief Executive Officer

    MEI is the fifth startup that Richard has been involved with, his first being TomoTherapy, where he built and led the hardware engineering teams and ran research projects on x-ray targets and detectors during his 11 years there. He was instrumental in the planning and guidance of CPAC, the proton therapy company spun off from TomoTherapy. At MEI, Richard is responsible for bringing the SwiftBlade product family to market.

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    James Will
    Founder, Inventor, Director

    Jim is a Prof. Emeritus UW Madison, MEI Founder and Board Member and SBIR PI. He directs all animal research.

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    Paul Reckwerdt

    Paul is an experienced entrepreneur who co-founded TomoTherapy (now Accuray). He brings extensive business knowledge to MEI and is guiding the fund-raising and SwiftBlade™ system commercialization efforts.

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    Dieter Haemmerich
    Founder, Inventor, Chairman of the Board

    Dieter is a biomedical and software engineer, MEI Founder and developer of the SwiftBlade™ concept; he is now Associate Prof. Pediatric Cardiology, Medical University of South Carolina

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    Dawn Stencil
    Director of Business Operations

    Has 23 years expense in business, production, accounting and marketing, and leads numerous essential business functions: payroll, HR, purchasing, job costing, and accounting.

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    Dennis has built a successful 30-plus year career in financial services, healthcare services, and technology. Dennis is a Managing Partner with Serra Ventures and Serra Capital. Dennis has worked over ten years with the University of Illinois technology community and is a charter member of the University’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence program at EnterpriseWorks business incubator in the Research Park.

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    Director of Market Development

    In Laura's former position as President/COO of SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, Laura performed strategic planning/executed business development initiatives that resulted in +25% aggregate contribution margin and +10% market share growth in 7 years. Continued growth was accomplished by business development partnerships/strategic alliances. Laura has a Ph.D. in Healthcare Administration, M.S. in Bacteriology, and a B.S. in Medical Technology.

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    Manager of Quality and Regulatory Affairs

    Pam's experience includes managing quality and compliance at multiple facilities, and submitting approval packages for medical device industries, and managing an internal audit program. She is a certified lead auditor for ISO9000 and AS9100 and an internal auditor for ISO13485, ISO14001, IATF16949, and OSHAS18001. Pam has an M.S. in Nonprofit Business Management, a B.S. in Architecture, a B.A. in Political Science.

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    Technical Writer and Communications Manager

    Pam is developing documentation detailing how to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot the SwiftBlade System. Her responsibilities include planning, developing, writing, and editing marketing materials for print, multimedia, and/or web-based distribution. She has 30 years of experience in the communications field with life science companies including Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics, Roche NimbleGen, and Gilson. She has a B.S. in English.

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