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The Utopia Group LLC

Joey Spray Guard-only OSHA/Joint Commission compliant medical device that shields caregivers from blood spray cutting the umbilical cord.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Medical Devices and Equipment
  • Location Loveland, OH, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded May 2009
  • Employees 7
  • Website

Company Summary

The Utopia Group LLC, dba JoeyMedical, manufactures and distributes Joey SprayGuard -only umbilical cord clamp and cutter that shields from blood spray (occurs in up to 50% of births) which may contain over 20 bloodborne pathogens, putting healthcare workers and visitors at great risk of exposure to these pathogens. Only OSHA / Joint Commission compliant device. Hospitals -primary customer. 4M US births annually, 135M worldwide, $600M market.


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    Mark Bode
    CEO, Partner

    10 years as CFO, COO in venture backed start ups growing two companies to tens of millions of value in 4 years. 20 years healthcare and technology investment banking: Pru-Bache and Smith Barney. MBA - Univ. of Chicago, BA- Swarthmore

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    Rod Husk
    VP Operations

    10 years in early stage companies and 20 years in senior management. Grew and managed large sales teams and operations in energy sector: Duke, Cinergy. MBA - Wharton, BS - Colorado School of Mines.

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    Gary Sallquist

    27 years experience in financial planning and insurance. Built six different startup operations. 20 additional years in leadership positions. D.Min.-Louisiana Baptist, MDDiv.-Princeton, BA-Univ. of Nebraska

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    Ben Kennedy
    Regional Sales Manager

    Over 18 years of successful sales, relationship management and marketing experience with start-up and multi-national firms. Experience in sales dealing with innovative surgical environments, medical devices and financial markets. Six Sigma White Belt. BS – University of Georgia

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    Karen Bode
    Executive Director, Humanitarian/International

    Previously a marketing and advertising specialist with Foote Cone Belding (Chicago) and an award winning sales representative at ABC Television (New York and San Francisco). BA – Fairfield Univ., CT and the Univ. of Bath, England


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    Mike Hirschfeld, Graydon Head - Sam Allen, Porter & Hedges
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    Gregg Feltrup, Feltrup and Company

Previous Investors

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    Ron Hicks|Axel Zdarsky|Edgar Miles