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Michigan State start-up develops first smartphone case approved for surgical settings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 8th, 2019

A Michigan State University (MSU) start-up aims to allow surgeons, for the first time ever, to safely bring mobile devices into the sterile surgical field.

The FDA-approved CleanCase cover by SteriDev would enable surgeons to have access to critical information on their smartphones without compromising hospital health codes. They could capture media for medical records and use mobile medical apps without endangering the safety of their patients.

“The CleanCase is a first-of-its kind product that will empower physicians to use the best and latest medical technology on their mobile devices, without ever compromising safety,” says Rob Zondervan, medical student at MSU and CEO of SteriDev. “Health care mobile applications are developing at a remarkable rate, and in the hands of a great physician they can make a real difference in the care of patients.”

The CleanCase design includes a removable sleeve through which the mobile device is passed before being secured in the case. Once secured, the sleeve is removed and the case is closed and ready to use.

SteriDev has received investments from Red Cedar Ventures and Quantum Medical Concepts to help take the CleanCase to market.

“From the company’s launch to the development of its groundbreaking product to FDA approval of CleanCase, Rob and his team are taking SteriDev to the next level,” says Jeff Wesley, executive director at Red Cedar Ventures. “I admire anyone with the grit and determination to take an idea and forge it into a reality. Watching Rob balance the challenges of a start-up with the rigors of a medical residency — that’s a feat.”

Source: Research@MSU

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