Medical device inventor Spencer Jones joins Fayetteville-based Lapovations

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Spencer Jones, founder and chief technology officer of Fayetteville-based medical device company Lineus Medical, has joined Lapovationsanother Fayetteville medical device company.

Lapovations announced Tuesday (October 18) that Jones has joined the company that creates products to improve laparoscopy. He has been hired as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Sales and will lead product innovation as well as sales and distribution of the company’s flagship product, AbGrab.

In 2015, Jones founded Lineus Medical, and as Chief Technology Officer, he led the company’s innovation and clinical efforts. During this time, Lineus Medical took the SafeBreak Vascular medical device from idea to clearance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and was awarded several U.S. and international patents. Jones said August 31 was his last day at Lineus Medical.

“I’ve been a huge Lapovations supporter since the company’s inception and have always been impressed with their track record of success,” Jones said. “I am incredibly thrilled to join such a brilliant team of operators and look forward to building on the momentum they have already created.”

Since 2020, Jones has been a part-time consultant for Lapovations and served as the company’s director of research and development, supporting product development and assisting with marketing, sales and distribution.

“Spencer has been a key, albeit informal, advisor to me since day one,” said Jared Greer, founder and CEO of Lapovations. “We’ve had the good fortune to work with him more formally as a part-time consultant for several years now, and couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to add him full-time to our consulting team. direction. If I could choose one Northwestern Arkansas medical device manager to partner with, it would be Spencer. He has shown courage in management and is a true leader that employees and other key stakeholders can support. I have worked with Spencer on several projects over the years and have witnessed the breadth and depth of his expertise. He has experience, good instincts and he has what it takes to make Lapovations the company we know it can be.

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Over the past few months, Lapovations has entered into seven distribution partnerships, with 22 representatives selling AbGrab in 11 states. AbGrab was registered with the FDA and became available for sale in the United States in January 2021. Lapovations has five employees.

“We’ve made great progress so far, but we’re just getting started,” Jones said. “Over the next year, we plan to onboard dozens of additional sales reps, focusing on those who have strong relationships with surgeons in target-rich environments. Onboarding, Support and Coaching Distributor reps were an essential part of working with my former employer and something I excelled at and enjoyed doing. Jared is an exceptional entrepreneur who has achieved true business excellence throughout his career, and I am grateful for his trust in me to lead the sales and distribution of Lapovations.

According to a press release, the AbGrab is a surgical assist device that allows surgeons to lift the abdominal wall more reliably and less invasively at the start of laparoscopy or minimally invasive abdominal surgery. Although it is often the shortest part of a laparoscopic procedure, laparoscopic abdominal entry accounts for approximately half of serious laparoscopic complications and disputes related to laparoscopy.

Asked about his involvement in Lineus Medical’s development of devices he invented, including the bifurcated venous access device (BVAD) which has yet to receive FDA clearance, Jones said, “I will not be involved in the development of the BVAD in the future. , but with my vested interest in seeing the product receive FDA clearance, I am absolutely willing to contribute to its development as much as possible.

Lineus Medical’s first medical device, SafeBreak Vascular, received FDA clearance in May 2021.

“Lineus Medical has tripled in size in the past year since FDA clearance of our lead product, SafeBreak Vascular,” said Vance Clement, CEO of Lineus Medical. “Our growth has given us the opportunity to strategically recruit and supplement our team with the key personnel needed to continue to develop innovative technologies and grow the organization.”

When asked if Jones’ move to another company would impact Lineus Medical, Clement noted that the company had the same CEO for more than four years. “The company, with the strong management team that has been put in place, will continue to execute the organization’s strategic plan,” he added.

Clement said the company, which has eight employees, does not plan to replace the chief technology officer position that Jones left.

“Spencer has an entrepreneurial mindset and founded Lineus Medical as a 24-year-old nurse and raised her first round of seed funding needed to get the business off the ground,” Clement said. “Lineus Medical wouldn’t exist without this initial product idea and effort to make the business work. Spencer is a tireless and hardworking individual who brings tremendous energy to an organization. He will do great things in his new role at Lapovations.

In 2016, Lapovations was trained in the graduate-level New Business Development course co-taught by Carol Reeves and Sarah Goforth with the University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. According to the company’s website, Lapovations became the most successful startup competition team in AU history, winning seven state, regional and national business plan competitions, placing second in two others and winning over $305,000 in cash and investment prizes. The website shows the company has received over $2.5 million in funding.

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