Blacktoe Medical (Sonivate Medical)

Beaverton, OR 97008, US
Medical Devices & Equipment

Blacktoe Medical, Inc. (SMI) designs, develops, and manufactures innovative ultrasound technology. The company's technology opens new markets for ultrasound by extending its use into new classes of procedures and new clinical settings. The SonicEye™, Blacktoe’s (SMI) first product, is a high-performance, fingertip-mounted ultrasound probe that combines ultrasound imaging with simultaneous tactile feedback, while leaving both hands free to do work. Although it is simple in concept, the finger-worn transducer is a disruptive technology. Ultrasound is inherently low cost, portable, and safe, but adoption has been hindered because current transducers are awkward to use for procedures and are challenging to learn how to use. The Blacktoe (SMI) finger-worn transducer addresses these limitations. It allows hands-free use for procedures, and it is intuitive to use and learn how to use because it leverages what the body already knows -- how to use the hands.

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18 years, 7 months 5 Diagnostic
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SonicEye™ GP

High-frequency, high-resolution, finger-worn ultrasound transducer designed for ultrasound-assisted procedures including vascular access, biopsy, needle aspirations, and surgery.

SonicEye™ TA

Medium-resolution, finger-worn transducer suited for general imaging and trauma assessment, including the FAST exam.

SonicEye™ Wearable System

Low-cost, wearable, wireless ultrasound system


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Chief Executive Officer
David Starr

Mr. Starr has over 30 years of marketing and operations experience with medical and consumer devices. Mr. Starr was part of the original DeskJet printer introduction team that presided over rapid growth from $200M to over $3B in five years by pioneering a new category. At HP Medical he developed the Defibrillator strategy that led to tremendous market growth outside the hospital. He has held senior management positions at Inovise Medical (co-founder) and Hewlett-Packard (both medical and printers). BA, Cum Laude, Pomona College. MBA, University of Chicago.

Chief Physician/Medical Officer
Ronald W. Schutz MD

Dr. Schutz is a board certified cardiologist and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology with nearly 30 years experience in cardiac ultrasound. In 1982 he founded Heart Sounds, Inc., a leading echocardiography service provider to hospitals and clinics and remains its President. He has developed other medical devices that resulted in successful start-up ventures. B.S., Phi Beta Kappa, and MD, University of Illinois. Cardiology Fellowship, former Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Adult Echocardiography Laboratory, Oregon Health Sciences University

Chief Technology Officer
Scott Corbett

Scott Corbett has over 30 years experience as a biomedical engineer/executive in the medical device industry and co-founded two Seattle-based biomedical companies, MicroConnex and Advanced Cochlear Systems. He has held senior engineering/management positions at Precision Interconnect (now Tyco Healthcare), and GE Medical Ultrasound Division. B.S. Physics, Occidental College, M.S. Acoustics, Pennsylvania State University.

Vice President Engineering
Alan Andresen

Mr. Andresen has over 25 years of engineering and management experience within the medical device industry. He was a co-founder of Inovise Medical Inc. where he worked as a member of the management team. He also held engineering positions at Hewlett-Packard consumer and medical products divisions. B.S. CprE Iowa State University.

Chief Financial Officer
Elizabeth Ettling

Ms. Ettling has served on the management teams for three rapidly growing start up enterprises in the Portland area. Her experience includes building corporate infrastructure, human resource management, corporate governance, finance, tax and operations. She has assisted in raising venture capital and was also integrally involved with two initial public offerings. BS, California State University Los Angeles, Business Administration.


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