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Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is performed via small incisions on the patient's body, resulting in reduced pain, blood-loss and recovery time. Existing instrument technologies for MIS either lack dexterity and intuitive control, or are very expensive.
FlexDex's platform technology precisely translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist, and arm movements from outside the patient into corresponding movements of an end-effector inside the patient's body. Based on a simple, purely mechanical, and affordable design, FlexDex greatly enhances the capabilities of all MIS instruments and endoscopes.
FlexDex's core technology is the outcome of basic research and innovations in parallel kinematics, virtual center of rotation, and flexure mechanisms in the Precision Systems Design Lab at the University of Michigan. Professors Shorya Awtar (Mechanical Engineering) and James Geiger (Surgery), along with medical device entrepreneur Greg Bowles, co-founded FlexDex Surgical to translate this research into surgeon-friendly medical products.
FlexDex creates outstanding products and technologies with the guiding principle:
FlexDex Inc.'s technical development has been funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR grants.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Tom Davison is a medical device industry veteran and a serial entrepreneur with more than four decades of experience. He has been CEO and Co-Founder of HistoSonics, Endius (acquired by Zimmer Holdings), and UltraCision (acquired by Ethicon EndoSurgery), among others. He has a BA, MS and PhD in Biology and Physiology from Kent State University. We wanted to dedicate a whole website to him, but he declined. Full Bio.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Randy Sullivan brings decades of experience providing leadership to engineering, manufacturing, facilities, quality assurance and customer service teams in medical device companies. Previously, he has held senior management roles at Silk Road Medical, EndoGastric Solutions, BARRx Medical, Sanarus Medical, Microvention, Boston Scientific, and others. Randy holds a BSEE from California State University, Fullerton. His slogan to drive productivity is: "Just do it........ NOW!!"
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Shorya Awtar is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Precision Systems Design Lab at the University of Michigan. He is the lead inventor of the FlexDex technology, for which he has received the ASME Leonardo da Vinci Award. He is an expert in machine design and mechatronics, with multiple research papers, patents, technologies, start-ups, and awards in these areas. He earned his engineering degrees from IIT Kanpur, RPI and MIT. He is known for his 25 hour work days. Full Bio.
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer
Greg Bowles has been part of the medical device industry for over a decade where he has worked in sales and leadership positions at Janssen, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Intuitive Surgical, and EndoGastric Solutions. Before joining the industry, he served for more than 16 years in the US Navy as an Intelligence Analyst. Greg holds a Bachelors in Business Administration and Management from Northwood University. He is well known for his office full of hardware treasures. Full Bio.
Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer
Jim Geiger is Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan and a pediatric surgeon at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. He is recognized as a world expert in the areas of advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Dr. Geiger earned his undergraduate degree from University of Michigan and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University school of Medicine. He is board certified in pediatric surgery, general surgery, and surgical critical care. He is the most tech-savvy surgeon you will ever meet. Full Bio.
Dr. Daniel Herron is the Chief of Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. Full Bio.
Dr. Nathanial Soper is a Professor and Chair and Chief of Surgery, Northwestern University. Full Bio.