The problem we solve: The UroCycler is improving the quality of life for indwelling urinary catheter users and their caregivers. Indwelling urinary catheter users live in fear of getting urinary tract infections, incur the pain of bladder spasms and they and those around them have to deal with the noxious odor of their drainage bags.
About our solution: The UroCycler Automatic Bladder Management System effectively serves as a “brain” for an indwelling urinary catheter and drainage system. The UroCycler enables the bladder to retain urine, allowing for the washing out of the bladder. This occurs when the urine in the bladder reaches a certain level. The UroCycler has an anti-reflux valve which blocks urine in the drainage bag from going back into the bladder.Progress to date:
The UroCycler is a proven product, and over 30,000 units were previously sold years ago. The UroCycler received 10 industry awards for its innovation, received three (3) 510Ks from the FDA. We have several thousand expired UroCyclers in stock which we are using for trials. A study by Bayfront Medical Center found that the use of the UroCycler had reducing the occurrence of urinary tract infections by 91% in their facility, and significantly accelerated the rehabilitation of bladders. Over 40 healthcare companies were happy with the performance of the UroCycler, many of which provided testimonials as to the related benefits associated with UroCycler use. UroCycler Inc. has produced a sample run of parts using our existing molds and is contracting with USA companies to manufacture and assemble the parts and to perform validations and tests required by the FDA. The UroCycler will be manufactured and assembled as previously done and will be undergoing validation and tests it previously passed.
Creator: David Flinchbaugh
Education: Union College (B.S. Physics and Math) Univer
Bio: Dr. David E. Flinchbaugh, has been involved with science and engineering throughout his career. He has a wealth of experience gained from his past positions starting with the I.B.M. Engineering Labs and Central Hudson Gas & Electric in New York. He earned degrees from Union College (B.S. in both Physics and Math) and the University of Connecticut (M.S., Ph.D.), plus teaching credits from Case Institute of Technology, and diplomas from Harvard University, Univ. of Colorado, and Florida Technological University. His multi-disciplined approach as an Atomic Physicist, strong background in optics, lasers, and sensors, as a Health Physicist, and as a registered Professional Electrical Engineer (FL & PA) has led him to create 262 inventions to date. The most significant of these are the 1960 Cesium-Ion LASER, for United Technologies Research Labs, the 1980 Remotely Operated Service Arm (ROSA), for Westinghouse and licensed to Mitsubishi, Siemens, and Toshiba, and the one he is most passionate about, his “UroCycler” Automatic Bladder Management System. An internationally known physician has called this invention “the most significant new product breakthrough for urology in seventy years”. The I.E.E.E. Orlando Section honored this 50-year member as 2010 “Entrepreneur of the Year”. In 1998 the Environmental Excellence Award. He is a Senior Member of the Florida Engineering Society, whose “Engineer of the Year Award” he received in 1984 at their National Engineer’s Week Banquet. In the years since 1985 he has been elected to the rank of “Fellow” of the I.E.E.E., of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers/ Robotics and Automation, of the Optical Society of America, and of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. He hosts the Inventor’s Council of Central Florida & instructs for the Red Cross, the Boy Scouts, Hugh O’Brien Youth League. David is married to his wife of 62 years, Heidi, and they have 4 children.
Advanced Degree(s): PHD
CEO, 70+ college credits
Biography: Elliot L. Halpern – Profile Elliot Halpern is an entrepreneur, and a proven business professional, with more than 40+ years' experience in business management and operations. He has been involved with a wide range of business disciplines; telecommunications technology, licensing, interactive entertainment production, marketing, and sales. Mr. Halpern founded and ran TeleGistics Inc., a telecommunications consulting company that helped companies to design, develop, implement, and manage cutting-edge technologies. Mr. Halpern successfully pioneered, designed, developed and implemented some of the USA’s most advanced deployments of telecom technology, all of which were done on time, and whose solutions stood the test-of-time. Some of his former clients included MCI, Becton Dickinson, Drew University, Dialogic Corporation and Systemax. Mr. Halpern formed TeleServe Communications Inc., an independent MCI Sales Agency (1993-2001) and grew long distance sales revenue to more than four million dollars ($4,000,000) per year. Mr. Halpern is the founder and CEO of Life Changing Healthcare LLC; whose focus is on improving quality of life and reducing the cost of healthcare. His current focus is on recommencing the manufacturing of the UroCycler and the development of Life Changing Healthcare’s ‘Healthy American for a Healthy America™ (HAHA)' initiative. Mr. Halpern spoke at various Industry Symposiums (ACUTA and Interface) and served for two years as a faculty member of Columbia University’s School for Continuing Education, where he developed the curriculum and taught telecommunications technology and telecommunications management. Mr. Halpern is married for 47 years to his wife Denice and they have three children.
Advanced Degree(s): 70+ college credits
Dr. Robert Greene
Medical Director, Pre-Med at Union College in Schenectady, NY and MD Degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.
Biography: Dr. Greene is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine specialist. He is originally from New York City and graduated from the prestigious Bronx High School of Science with Honors. He was Pre-Med at Union College in Schenectady, NY and then earned his MD Degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. He trained at Montefiore Hospital, the teaching hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and then did additional training at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH, where he was also a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Medicine. He founded and managed a large private Internal Medicine practice for over twenty years in Northern Westchester County, New York. He worked with the Cenegenics Medical Institute, a program for reducing risk factors and optimizing health that now has 21 offices in the US and internationally.
Title: Medical Director
Advanced Degree(s): Pre-Med at Union College in Schenectady, NY and MD Degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.
VP of Operations, Major Field Biology - B.A., Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, M.S. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Biography: Heidi Flinchbaugh worked for various companies (Silver Cross Hospital, Western Reserve University Medical Center) in the capacity of a Laboratory technologist where she ran tests, obtained samples from patients, maintained laboratory records and wrote medical reports. She used aseptic techniques, prepared culture media, maintained patient records. She also prepared teaching materials and helped students perform tests. Kept accurate laboratory records and helped with report writing. Mrs, Flinchbaugh was Engineering Assistant to the Director of the Ion Propulsion Department at United Technologies Research Laboratories. She operated test equipment, took data, plotted results and operated computer programs for data analysis and preparation of reports. Earned great respect as a talented proof-reader, created experimental component drawings, interfaced with all depart-ments necessary to get equipment built and operating. She also researched and documented engineering schematics, design diagrams, and test specifications with engineering personnel. She was the Office Manager for UroSolutions, Inc., the company that initially manufactured and sold the UroCycler Automatic Bladder Management System, where she was responsible for a wide range of tasks. Heidi Flinchbaugh is married to Dr. David Flinchbaugh, UroCycler Inc.'s CTO, for 62 years and they have three children.
Title: VP of Operations
Advanced Degree(s): Major Field Biology - B.A., Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, M.S. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
People who have to use an indwelling urinary catheter would benefit greatly by their use of the UroCycler® Automatic Bladder Management System:
1. Prevents against the occurrence of urinary tract infection.
2. Reduces or eliminates bladder spasms.
3. Rehabilitates the bladder.
4. Reduces the odor of the drainage bag.
5. Has a built in test port to draw urine.
The UroCycler improves the mental and physical wellness of their patients, especially with regard to their becoming far less likely to incur a urinary tract infection or bladder spasms. The UroCycler provides a test port for the drawing of urine samples.
The Bayfront Medical Center Clinical trial reported that the UroCycler trial's results were impressive. It stated that the UroCycler has saved staff and patient's time due to the reduced need for bladder retraining programs, lowered the cost in continence services and products (by about $69.00 per day per incontinent patient)). The UroCycler also helped Bayfront's patients mental state (dignity).
Hospitals must cover the cost to treat urinary tract infections that occur in the hospital at their own expense. The UroCycler reduces the occurrence of urinary tract infections and lower the cost to care for patients with indwelling urinary catheters.The previous statement is supported by The Bayfront Medical Center Clinical trial which reported that the UroCycler has saved staff and patient's time due to the reduced need for bladder retraining programs, lowered the cost in continence services and products (by about $69.00 per day per incontinent patient)).
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