Jackson Medical, in Atlanta, Georgia, is a medical device company committed to enhancing patient safety and improving surgical workflow. The company’s flagship product, the “GloShield,” is a silicone cap used in surgical procedures involving fiber optic imaging to prevent burns or fires in the operating room.
Jackson Medical has been a part of the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) medtech incubator program for several years. Through GCMI, the company was connected to the Center for MedTech Excellence, which is a partnership with GCMI and two other Georgia Tech programs, the Georgia Manufacturing Extension (GaMEP) and the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC).
The company was looking for expertise in manufacturing to help source new contract services in specific locations across the State of Georgia and the Southeast Region to improve its ability to fulfill orders quickly and hedge against potential supply chain vulnerabilities.
GaMEP’s medtech project manager, Dean Hettenbach, connected the company to GaMEP project manager, Ed Murphy, to complete a mind-mapping exercise designed to help define the company’s manufacturing, packaging, and kitting needs and rank the criteria for each in order of importance. Murphy then used the information to scout potential suppliers for the company.
In addition, the company was looking to increase its targeted marketing efforts and expand into international markets. The leadership team had received multiple proposals from different marketing agencies but was struggling to choose one, without having the background knowledge in marketing to know which would likely be the best fit. GaMEP’s group manager for marketing services, Katie Takacs, was able to review the proposals for the company and provide feedback to help with the selection.
By working with the MedTech Center of Excellence, Jackson Medical has been able to tap into the insights of trusted advisors with experience in specific areas and connections to different industries and companies in the region. In addition, the funding provided by the MedTech Center allowed the company to receive over $5,000 worth of services at no cost.
Jackson Medical product development and operations engineer, Zachary Schenken, said, “The MedTech team has been excellent to work with. Dean helped guide us through the process and made it simple for us. He is always responsive, a great communicator, and keeps us on track.”