Meet Jared Greer of Lapovations, a medical device company creating a platform of innovative products to improve minimally invasive surgery.
How did you come to build this business?
I'm an entrepreneur who's been in medical sales for 15 years. I've started multiple companies in diverse industries and had a successful exit from one of them. My co-founder is Dr. Chris Taylor, an experienced surgeon who has performed over 4,000 minimally invasive surgeries. Because of this experience, Dr. Taylor is able to quickly identify frustration points for minimally invasive surgery and potential solutions for them. He had been bothered by the existing methods for lifting the abdominal wall at the start of the procedure and brought me an idea for a new device that would be less invasive and more reliable. We are bringing this device to market as the first in a portfolio of products that address areas of needed improvement in laparoscopy.
What is the next business milestone that you are working towards? How will Health InnovatAR help with that?
We are validating that the product we've developed meets the needs of our stakeholders (surgeons and hospitals). Access to the Health InnovatAR partner hospitals provides a tremendous boost to these efforts.
You are the only team located in Arkansas for this year’s cohort. What do you think about Arkansas?
Arkansas is a phenomenal place to work and live. Lapovations is honored to be the only Arkansas company selected for the Health InnovatAR.
So far, what has been the best part of your participation in Health InnovatAR?
The willingness of the individual stakeholders within UAMS and Arkansas Heart Hospital to take time from their busy days to help us has been really impressive. Having this level of access to a customer base that can sometimes be difficult to get in front of is invaluable. We are grateful to the partner hospitals and the staff of Health InnovatAR for allowing us this access.
How does Health InnovatAR compare to other startup programs you have interacted with?
Health InnovatAR is a top-notch program for early-stage healthcare startups looking to move their business forward.
What advice would you give to someone looking to become an entrepreneur?
Be willing to get in front of as many potential customers and other key stakeholders as possible and ask tons of questions. Internalize the feedback and be willing to adjust your strategy based on what you hear.
Also, make sure you utilize all the resources available to you as an entrepreneur. In Arkansas, we have non-profit groups such as Innovate Arkansas and others who are willing to help you make your dreams a reality. Get out there and connect with them!