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Flow Forward Medical, Inc.

Flow Forward's AFE System dilates veins prior to creation of vascular access sites for hemodialysis, meeting a critical medical need with a $10B global market.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Medical Devices and Equipment
  • Location Fairway, KS, US
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2014
  • Employees 3
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website

Company Summary

Flow Forward is developing the AFE System, a small, temporary, external blood pump that uses blood flow to stimulate vein dilation prior to the creation of vascular access sites for hemodialysis. The AFE System can make more patients eligible for surgery and improve surgical outcomes while also reducing morbidity, mortality and the overall cost of care, meeting a critical medical need in a $10B global market.


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    President & CEO

    Dr. Franano is a physician, scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He has founded two medical device companies and a biotechnology company, inventing innovative new products and raising more than $160M in capital. MD and Masters of Biomedical Research from Washington University, St. Louis. Residency in Diagnostic Radiology and Fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Practiced as interventional radiologist for 8 years.

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    Vice President of Research and Development

    Dr. Loree is an engineer and scientist with more than 25 years of experience developing medical devices. Formerly at Thoratec and Abiomed. BS and MS in mechanical engineering from MIT. PhD in medical engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Postdoctoral training in cardiovascular biomechanics at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.


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    Polsinelli Shughart PC

Previous Investors

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    Open Prairie Ventures II, LP
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    Kansas Bioscience Authority
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    River Valley Investors, MidAmerica Angels, Individual Investors