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Posted: April 01, 2012

Made in Colorado: Medical devices and scientific instruments

Mike Taylor

ViroCyt 2100 Virus Counter
(made by InDevR Inc.)
Boulder
www.Indevr.com
The Virocyt 2100 Virus Counter is the lead product of InDevR Inc., a biotech company founded in 2003 by three former members of the chemistry department at CU-Boulder. The Virus Counter is able to rapidly count or “quantify” viruses for use in vaccine manufacturing and drug development.
Launched about a year ago, the Virus Counter has been adopted at top global vaccine manufacturers, institutes and universities.
“Vaccines are a major application area, but it’s also used in general virus research,” says Michael Artinger, director of commercial operations at InDevR. “(Virus Counter users) are working with Ebola, they’re working with hepatitis C, they’re working with HIV – a long list of different viruses. When they study them, they also need to know how much (virus) they have and what effect the antiviral drug they’re developing is having on the virus. It’s a very useful tool for all kinds of virus research.”
Today, the company has 30 employees, including chemists, engineers, biologists, software experts, and sales and marketing professionals.

E.I. Medical Imaging’s Portable Ultrasound Systems for Animals
Loveland
www.eimedical.com
Loveland-based E.I. Medical Imaging designs and makes portable, ruggedized ultrasound systems used on animals in all 50 states and 12 countries.
“We are unique in the fact that we are the only company in the U.S. that engineers and manufactures ultrasound specifically for veterinary use,” says Charles Maloy, the company’s president.
E.I. Medical Imaging’s systems have been used in extremes ranging from sub-Saharan Africa to the Arctic to dairies in Colorado. The devices have been used to monitor pregnancies in all varieties of farm animals, to examine tendons in horses, and by the Turtle Conservancy in Southern California to document the reproductive physiology of some of the world’s most endangered turtle species, to name just a few of the applications.
E.I. Medical Imaging also makes video headsets that allow the user to see the ultrasound image displayed in the eyeglasses they wear, in any light conditions.
The company was founded in 1984, originally targeting swine reproduction.

Alpha 1 Bone-Anchored Hearing Device
(made by Sophono Inc.)
Boulder
www.sophono.com
Sophono’s Alpha 1 hearing device system is comprised of a bone-anchored magnetic implant placed under the skin behind the ear, and an external audio processor that produces vibrations that travel through the skin and skull to the cochlea, enabling the wearer to hear.
Traditionally, devices of this sort would be anchored to the skull with a screw. A metal abutment protruded through the scalp. Besides being a cosmetic deal breaker for many prospective patients, this approach required daily anti-infective care and brought on other potential complications such as rejection of the implant.
“With its complications, appearance and potential injury from the trauma … that goes away with our device,” says Richard Hansen, vice president of commercial development for Sophono, who has spent more than 30 years in senior management for startup and early stage medical-device companies. “From a commercial as well as medical-benefit standpoint, this is as exciting a product as I’ve been around.”

10 More
2400 automated
compounder
ExactaMix, Englewood,
www.baxa.com

BrightSPOT Pathogen Detection System
Beacon Food Safety,
Greenwood Village
www.beaconfoodsafety.com

Orthotics
Mile High Orthotics Lab Inc., Commerce City
www.mholabs.com

Medical device designer and manufacturer
CEA Technologies Inc., Colorado Springs
www.ceatechnologies.com

Needle-free Jet Injection System
PharmaJet Inc., Golden
www.Pharmajet.com

Ultrasound fetal
heartbeat monitors
Summit Doppler Systems, Golden
www.summitdoppler.com

Automated hand-hygiene systems
Resurgent Health & Medical LLC, Golden
www,resurgenthealth.com

Molecule detection systems
BiOPtix Diagnostics, Boulder
www.bioptixinc.com

Surgical instrument systems
Encision Inc., Boulder
www.encision.com

Contract
manufacturing
for medical
products
Mountainside  Medical, Boulder
www.mountainsidemed.com

Mike Taylor is the managing editor of ColoradoBiz. He writes about small-business money issues and how startups are launched. Email him at mtaylor@cobizmag.com.

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