As part of its effort to highlight its 2012-13 class, the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana has selected Omnitech Systems of Valparaiso, a manufacturer of medical devices, as its November Innovator of the Month.
Launched by founder Gregg VanDusseldorp Sr., Omnitech Systems has begun a new era in which a trained team of younger innovators are learning to “create forward” in making intricate devices for the urological and gynecological markets, said Jon D. Barrett, executive vice president.
“A guiding principle that Gregg taught us is to produce products that we would envision for our mothers, brothers or sisters,” he said.
This Society Team Member has just completed a six-month launch of one of VanDusseldorp’s designs from concept to market, the Tri-Claw 3 Wire Grasper. This patented accessory is designed to help physicians remove kidney stones faster, accelerating the procedure and often patient recovery.
Both Gregg, who is now semi-retired, and Kelly Pickering, his partner have passed on “the knowledge, the passion and processes needed to make the highest quality products,” Barrett said.
Launched in 1994, Omnitech has grown into a designer, developer and manufacturer of more 200 products. These accessories are typically placed in other medical devices used by physicians for procedures.
The society is part of the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of Ivy Tech Community College Northwest.
For more information, call O'Merrial Butchee, director of the Lamkin Center at (219) 981-4942, or John Davies, assistant director, at (219) 981-1111, ext. 2292.