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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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    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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    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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    Senior Electrical Engineer

    Tim has worked for four startups, holding positions from Designer through Owner. At MEI, we are utilizing his vast knowledge and experience developing analog and digital hardware and software to transform the electrical portion of our product into a commercial medical device.

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    Marion Tong
    Manager of Regulatory and Quality

    Marion is a Regulatory and Quality systems expert with experience in the medical device sector, including TomoTherapy, Datex-Ohmeda and Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin. She has worked as a consultant specializing in FDA, ISO and OSHA standards and is a Certified Quality Auditor and an ISO 9001 Lead Auditor.

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    Director of Market Development

    Steve has extensive sales experience in the medical device industry (MPI, GE Healthcare Surgery, ConMed Electrosurgery and Kendall). He is an expert in procedure-based selling and has spent many hours working with surgeons in operating rooms. At MEI he is performing human factors investigations, building research collaborations and preparing us for our first product launch.

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    Dawn Stencil
    Business Administrator

    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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