Winter Meeting

Winter Innovation Event 2020

On Thursday, February 6, 2020, the Academy of Surgery of Detroit hosted its first Winter Innovation Event. Leaders from the clinical and academic worlds had the opportunity to directly interact with emerging innovators in the medical device field. Additionally, our friends from the University of Michigan’s Fast Forward Medical Innovation program joined us to help educate our members on the importance of customer discovery and how physicians are critical to the technology development process.

We would like to thank all of our guests for coming out in the wintry weather to the Innovation Institute on campus at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. We’re hoping for better weather next year!

In particular, we would like to thank our corporate sponsors as well as our sponsoring innovation development programs for connecting us with great young companies.

Academic/Innovation Partners

Special thanks to our presenters:
  • Jon Servoss
  • Michelle Larkin

Industry Partners

Featured Teams


Adlore will be developing a personalized wearable boot that will include a custom-made insole with a cutout to off load weight.  The other elements that will be incorporated in the device will be 4 non-adhesive electrodes that will be 3D printed on the insole to encircle the wound for electrical stimulation, along with 3D printed sensors to monitor and control various physiological measurements.  The wearable device will provide controlled heat from just below the knee to the patient’s toes.  It will also include a LED panel to provide information to the patient, and this same information will be sent to the clinic via telemedicine to monitor performance and patient compliance.

Calcium Solutions: The Pulse

Sponsored by the Coulter institute, University of Michigan

The Pulse is a medical device developed based on technology from the University of Michigan to treat atherosclerotic calcified plaque (CP) in the peripheral and coronary arteries. Our team developed harmonic balloon angioplasty (BA) which is initialized by an angioplasty balloon across a CP-burdened vessel. In a single cycle, the balloon pressure is oscillated from a low to high-pressure state, causing cumulative damage and eventual CP rupture.

DoubleCheck: Bowel Anastomosis Leak Check Device

Sponsored by the Coulter Institute, University of Michigan

DoubleCheck is a flexible, disposable, multi-lumen endoscope with two in-line balloons and fiberoptic camera at the tip of the device designed specifically for use in the operating room to visually inspect (for bleeding) and leak-test (for mechanical integrity) new distal bowel anastomoses. Unlike conventional rigid or flexible endoscopy which can be unavailable during a procedure, require time-consuming setup or failure to function, DoubleCheck is an off-the-shelf disposable product that is always available in the OR and provides a reliable pneumatic test.


EagleView has developed technologies to reconstruct 2D medical images into 3D objects for augmented reality (AR) environment. The surgeons can directly interact with and manipulate the 3D objects to assess surgical target structures and determine the spatial relationship of the anatomy for decision-making and surgical planning. Surgeons can further simulate their surgical procedure on the 3D anatomy prior to their operation to reduce surprises during surgery.

Eebu Health

Sponsored by the Coulter Institute, University of Michigan

Eebu Health tracks patient follow-up and engages patients in their own care. Eebu automates tracking the plan through a customized workflow engine integrated with your EHR to ensure every patient follows every step you prescribe. Eebu’s engagement provides patients a clear understanding of their plan, the right information to make sound decisions, and clear direction and easy links to take the next step.

Fifth Eye

Fifth Eye is developing an all-cause, real-time adjunctive early warning system to enable identification of patients who are showing signs of hemodynamic instability, to allow clinicians an opportunity to increase vigilance. The analytic for hemodynamic instability (AHI) is for use by healthcare professionals. Using only a non-invasive single existing ECG waveform, AHI provides a first output typically within 5-7 minutes with no baseline needed, minute-to-minute continuous patient assessment, early detection of hemodynamic status changes, real-time treatment feedback, and easy to interpret historical trends without the need for electronic health record inputs.

MENDD: Michigan Endoluminal Distraction Device

Sponsored by the Coulter Institute, University of Michigan

Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) is defined as insufficient small intestinal length to sustain life and is typically a result of intestinal resection surgery in pediatric patients. The MENDD device is a temporarily implanted, catheter-based device comprised of an inner and outer catheter, two flexible balloons and an atraumatic tip that is used to introduce the device into the bowel through an existing stoma. In a manner similar to double-balloon enteroscopy, the device applies measured, controlled distraction forces along the length of the bowel. Pre-clinical animal testing has shown that the MENDD device is capable of increasing the length of the bowel by up to 40% in seven days.


Sponsored by the Coulter Institute, University of Michigan

The NeuromaMend is a single use surgical instrument designed to simplify and increase the efficiency of creating Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interfaces for the surgical treatment of neuroma in patients with limb loss. This innovative device is being developed for commercialization by INRAD, a small medical device firm based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in partnership with the University of Michigan.


Sponsored by the Coulter Institute, University of Michigan

We present SABER, an easy to use add-on to pulse lavage irrigators that improves the safety and efficiency of pulse irrigation. SABER comprises an absorptive surface to prevent back-splash and a debridement surface to replace manual debridement. SABER is patent protected. Preliminary end-user testing of SABER has yielded favorable results and feedback

Straight Shot Needle: Non-Deflecting Needle Prostate Biopsy Device

Sponsored by the Coulter Institute, University of Michigan

To reduce the needle deflection caused by the single-bevel needles in existing TruCut prostate biopsy devices, we have developed the Straight-Shot needle with an asymmetric multi-bevel (AMB) tip that can self-balance the needle bending during insertion without additional operational effects. The Straight-Shot needle reduces the existing downward needle deflection and improves lesion targeting accuracy. Besides deflection reduction, the Straight-Shot needle design also maintains equivalent biopsy yields when compared to existing prostate biopsy devices.

Toggle Health

Sponsored by XLerate Health

While modern operating rooms are equipped with computers that allow access to pre-operative imaging via Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) and patient records via the hospital’s electronic medical record (EMR), surgeons are limited in their ability to access the necessary case data during surgery due to the separation between the sterile operating area and the non-sterile surrounding area. Toggle Health addresses this challenge with a transformative handheld wireless sterile controller that enables surgeons to conveniently access their case data and reference tools without having to leave the sterile field of the OR.

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