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Oct 25 | Startup Stories: Vena Medical

Problem Lab HQ, MC 2037

12:00 – 1:00 pm


ichael Phillips (right), Vena Medical's Co-Founder speaking at the opening of the Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX)

Join us to hear from Michael Phillips (BASc ‘ 17) Co-founder of Vena Medical in this intimate lunch hour startup story session.

Michael Phillips (BASc ’17) and Phillip Cooper (BASc ’17) founded Vena Medical in the final year of their undergraduate degree with supports including Velocity Science. Vena creates tools to change the way that physicians perform minimally invasive neurosurgery. Their flagship product is the world’s smallest camera, capable of going inside veins and arteries to help physicians treat stroke. The camera provides doctors with the ability to look from inside of the body in real time and offers greater image quality allowing for improved treatment of patients and ultimately better outcomes. Without this technology, doctors are guided by external X-Ray.

Vena Medical, earned Health Canada approval earlier this year for hardware it calls the Vena Balloon Distal Access Catheter (BDAC).

Now the device has been used by surgeons at hospitals in London and Ottawa to remove blood clots and restore blood flow as quickly as possible for five patients. Read the story

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