Iranian Scientist New Invention for Athletic Injuries

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Active ImageCincinnati football fans owe a great deal of gratitude to Fariborz Boor Boor, co-founder and CEO of Exos Medical Corp.

Stabilizing broken arms and torn muscles has been relatively straightforward. Beyond casts made of plaster and fiberglass, there has been little innovation in this field, experts say.

Yet traditional casts have been far from perfect. Casts tend to be uncomfortable and inflexible, which reduces patient compliance, Boor Boor said. Doctors must also cut off the cast before performing an X-ray, only to reapply the cast if the patient has not fully healed.

Exos, a joint venture with Enova Medical Technologies in St. Paul and Product Innovations in Aspen, Colorado, has developed polymer materials that when layered with foam create a lightweight, moldable material that allows doctors to custom fit each cast and splint to the patient.

Even more important, the system features what Boor Boor calls “dynamic compression,” a way for doctors to adjust pressure the cast or brace applies to the injured area. If a patient’s arm starts to swell too much, doctors can lower the tension.

“Our product can breathe,” Boor Boor said. “Discomfort is minimized.”

On the flip side, a cast that does not apply enough pressure, such as when the swelling subsides, to the injury can lead to atrophy, the complete or partial wasting away of the bone or muscle.

Exos’ technology seems “very useful” because it can adjust the cast to the injured area and provide enough stabilization and support to allow the bone or muscle to heal properly, said Dr. Joseph Ciotola, an orthopedic surgeon at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, though he wonders how the skin will react to the polymers.

Doctors can also X-ray through the materials, allowing them to monitor the injury without taking a saw to the cast.

Exos, which started to generate sales six months ago, is distributing its products to doctors and surgeons in about 20 states. Boor Boor said he hopes to develop casts and splints for the body’s lower extremities like knees and feet, and possibly sell products to the military and veterinaries.

He declined to disclose prices but says the products are comparable to traditional casts. Medicare and private payers also cover the technology.

“It’s the perfect device for active people, but just about anybody has an injury,” Boor Boor said. “Sometimes it takes an obvious idea to make an innovation stick.”

Boor Boor comes to VisiLED with more than 25 years of experience in various executive and management positions. Before joining VisiLED, he served as the Executive Vice President of Synovis Life Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNO), and the President/COO of its Interventional business subsidiary, where under his leadership the business grew from $8.7 million in 2000 to $32 million in 2003. Prior to his tenure at Synovis, Boor Boor held various engineering, quality, and manufacturing management positions at Plastech Corporation from 1989-1998.

 Plastech Corporation is a plastic custom injection molding company serving various industries including medical device industry. Boor Boor also worked at Phillips Plastics Corporation, a diversified custom injection molding company from 1979-1988 holding a variety of positions in manufacturing, administrative, and quality management. Boor Boor holds a B.S. degree in chemistry and business administration from the University of Wisconsin.

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