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The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), a joint UMass LowellߝUMass Worcester initiative that helps start-up companies and entrepreneurs bridge the gap between the invention and commercial production of new medical devices, held a company showcase and open house on May 21.
Chancellor Marty Meehan, shown third from left in the photo below, welcomed medical device entrepreneurs, physicians, industry professionals and others to the showcase. Joining Meehan were, from left, Thomas Chmura, the Vice President for Economic Development at the UMass President's Office; Mass Technology Collaborative’s John Adams Innovation Institute Director Patrick Larkin; M2D2 Co-Directors Sheila Noone and Stephen McCarthy; and Lowell City Manager Bernie Lynch.
Posters illustrating two dozen potential new products were also displayed, and 12 product ideas were pitched to potential private and public investors. Among them are handheld video endoscope and otoscope cameras from M3 Medical Inc., a novel handheld safety suturing device from Tufts Medical Center, flexible and stretchable sensor sheets for heart monitoring from MC10, and a sterile/disposable tattoo device from ACCU-TAT.
The event, which included networking and a tour of M2D2’s incubator space in the Wannalancit Mill building, capped off the City of Lowell’s Small Business Week. M2D2 is funded through grants from the John Adams Innovation Institute and is supported by the two UMass campuses.