Radux Devices LLC
Improving efficiency and ergonomics during image-guided surgery while decreasing radiation exposure to the medical staff are goals behind two products being launched by Omaha startup Radux Devices.
Image-guided surgery, which requires no sutures, reduces patient complications and pain and speeds recovery, is growing exponentially. However, because these procedures involve the continuous use of radiation, staff are continually exposed to radiation — particularly their hands, which are often within the radiation field.
ARRESS helps solve that concern. ARRESS, an attachable radiation reduction extension support sheath, functions as an extension sheath that attaches to an introducer sheath. This extension sheath provides more flexibility to meet work flow needs of both left- and right-handed physicians while reducing the medical team’s exposure by keeping them farther from the radiation field. It is designed to secure to the wide variety of introducer sheaths on the market.
The company’s second product, Rad-Redux, functions as a portable radiation shield, a catheter or sheath securement device and a fluid barrier. The Rad-Redux can move in nearly infinite positions, is adhesive and lightweight and offers radiation protection similar to standard lead shielding.
Greg Gordon, the company’s chief medical officer, said Radux Devices is working to obtain FDA clearance and on initial distribution plans. Gordon, M.D., heads interventional radiology at the Omaha VA Medical Center. Additionally, he serves as the VA’s interventional lead in a five-state region and is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska and Creighton University.
What Gordon terms a “lack of infrastructure” in Nebraska’s medical device industry has been problematic, forcing his company to choose a Utah-based original equipment manufacturer.
“We have had a long and very educational journey to get where we are,” Gordon said. Even so, he remains committed to Nebraska. “The fantastic resources, support and opportunities offered through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, as well as great support from UNeMed, are definitely driving forces.”
Gordon wants to see private, university and government cooperation grow to benefit the state’s biotech industry.
“My team and I want to help promote entrepreneurship within Nebraska in any way possible. Hopefully through networking, education and a dedication to cross-pollination between the various political bodies will help break down walls and accelerate our mission of promoting a biotechnology industry hub in the state and region.”
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