The former Datex-Ohmeda, now GE Healthcare Life Support Systems, has been making anesthesia machines since 1904 and Nicolet Biomedical, now
In the late 1990s,
But a different version of the medical device industry is starting to take shape here, with companies working on compact, specialized products aimed at updating and improving on past medical equipment and procedures.
More than a dozen young companies have emerged in the past five to 10 years that could be the nexus of a new medical device cluster in the
"I do think that
"Where information technology intersects with health care has really been an intriguing spot, and many of those would be considered medical devices," said
Could there be another
"I do think there will be," said
At least, if the startups can muster enough money to get past the initial hurdles, their leaders say, and lately, that's been no easy task for some.
Surgical tools are becoming a popular target, with companies such as NeuWave Medical, Medical Engineering Innovations (MEI), and Eso-Technologies.
NeuWave was one of the first out of the gate and has been quick to push forward.
Founded in 2008 based on UW-Madison research, NeuWave's minimally invasive Certus 140 thermal ablation system attacks cancerous lung, liver or kidney tumors with microwave energy. It has been available for sale since early 2011; meanwhile, the company has raised an estimated
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