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Undergraduate Student Team Selected for 2013 Zero to 510 Program

AISA team of undergraduate biomedical engineering students are in the process of developing a next generation heart device. The students formed the company, Asclepius Innovative Solutions (AIS for short), for developing a leadless partially implantable cardiac defibrillator.

This team was one of six to be selected for the 2013 Zero to 510 program, the nation’s first, cohort-based medical device accelerator. The Zero to 510 program provides instruction, mentorship, business planning, milestone making and capital needed to accelerate the path for launching a medical device.

Carlos Ortiz
Carlos Ortiz, President/CEO, AIS Inc.
Marsalas WhitakerMarsalas Whitaker, Co-Founder/Director of Research & Development, AIS Inc.

The AIS implantable cardiac defibrillator, Guardian, is less invasive than current devices. In addition, the device includes a revolutionary monitoring system. The device was highlighted in this August 2013 MedCity news article by Deanna Pogorelc, A life-saving heart device with a check-engine light.

Image of the Guardian Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator

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John A. Pafford

John A. Pafford (B.S.E.T. 1987) is the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus from the Herff College of Engineering. A co-founder of Spine Wave, Pafford has more than 30 years of experience in the orthopedic industry with 20 years in senior management.

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