Vermed works with medical community on new products
When Dr. Rob Simpson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brattleboro Retreat, brainstormed an idea for a new medical device, he took his homemade prototype to Vermed, Inc.
“We worked with him on the concept,” said Rich Kalich, chairman and CEO of Vermed, “and the final product — an innovative catheter support device — is now on the market. We just shipped our first order.”
“Not only is this device going to help advance medical care, but it will also provide an income stream to Dr. Simpson.”
Vermed then took it a step further by issuing an opportunity and challenge to medical staffs at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Cheshire Medical Center to offer more ideas for helpful medical devices.
“Who better than professionals on the front lines of medical care to come up with great ideas for devices to improve medical care and the health and comfort of their patients?” said Kalich. “Some of the best innovations in healthcare have come from doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers.
“From my perspective, these are very bright, insightful folks who are working in the healthcare environment every day. They’re often the very best source of new medical device ideas.”
Medical pros with a new concept are invited to provide ideas, along with a brief explanation and possibly a simple drawing. “If we like the idea, we’ll carry the ball,” Kalich said. The inventor will be the lead person on any patent application, he added.
Vermed is the premier manufacturer of medical devices. The company provides a variety of healthcare products to a diverse client base of more than 4,000 medical suppliers, facilities and physicians.