During the early stages of his minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery experience, a Miami-based cardiac surgeon became increasingly frustrated with the inadequacies of the instrumentation available to him at the time. In order to advance his technique and further expand the applications of his minimally invasive approach, he realized the necessity of making modifications to the existing instrument offerings as well as the need for the development of procedural-specific devices.
Coincidentally, the president of a Miami-based biomedical engineering powerhouse sought out the surgeon to perform his own open heart procedure. Ironically, due to the instrumentation-inhibited applications, the engineer was not a candidate for the minimally invasive approach.
After making a full recovery from his own procedure, the engineer insisted upon devoting his unique talents and resources to help the surgeon. Shortly thereafter, they decided to join forces in order to expand both procedure and application by means of taking the surgeon’s concepts and turning them into reality.
As destiny would have it, the surgeon-engineer union was formally organized in 2007 as: