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Otology Solutions

Otology Solutions is developing an easy-to-use device to enable cheaper, faster and safer procedures to treat perforated eardrums

  • Stage Concept Only
  • Industry Medical Devices and Equipment
  • Location St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2013
  • Employees 6
  • Incorporation Type Not Incorporated

Company Summary

Perforated tympanic membranes (ear drums) primarily affect children and the elderly. Caused by infection, ventilation tubes or trauma, they can cause ear infection, pain and hearing loss. Current repair procedures (tympanoplasties) require complex surgery, and are only indicated for patients who can undergo general anaesthesia. This device will enable myringoplasties (type 1 tympanoplasties) by means of simple minimally-invasive procedures.


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    Merrill E. Weber
    Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel

    Mr. Weber was President of Advanced Stent Technologies, a start-up medical device company that developed a specialized coronary stent and delivery system and was sold to Boston Scientific. Mr. Weber is a member of Stoma Ventures, a St. Louis-based company that is developing anti-infection devices for dental facilities. A corporate and securities lawyer, Mr. Weber received his BA, MSJ (Journalism) and JD from Columbia University in New York.

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    James E. Benecke, Jr.
    Medical Advisor

    Dr. Benecke, MD, FACS, is a practicing pediatric otologist and a clinical professor in the department of otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University School of Medicine and owner of Otology Associates, Inc. in St. Louis. Dr. Benecke received his MD from the Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 35 years.

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    Gil M. Vardi
    President and Chief Scientific Officer

    Dr. Vardi, MD, FACC, is a practicing cardiologist and an owner of St. Louis Heart and Vascular. Dr. Vardi invented the underlyling technology and served as CEO and CMO of Advanced Stent Technologies (sold to Boston Scientific). He is the named inventor on more than 30 patents. Dr. Vardi received his MD from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University in Israel and did a fellowship in cardiology at Northwestern University.