InPress Technologies is a medical device company working toward a solution to postpartum hemorrhage (PPH,) the number one cause of maternal death. Our single-minded focus is to improve radically the treatment path for postpartum hemorrhage from the traumatic, life-altering condition that it is today. With our simple, non-invasive device, we are devoted to improving the lives of women around the world.
InPress Technologies is a company-in-residence at the Fogarty Institute for Innovation (FII,) in Mountain View CA. FII is a catalyst for medical device innovation and provides intellectual and physical resources to early-stage innovators whose ideas have significant technical merit and a high potential of improving the lives of people around the world. In July 2014, InPress was the recipient of the Lefteroff Innovator Award, which directly funds projects for promising new innovators working on pre-screened medical ideas. The Lefteroff Fund was developed to recognize Tracy Lefteroff for his legacy of commitment and dedication to entrepreneurship, investment and innovation in the life sciences.
InPress Technologies traces its history to Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University) in San Luis Obispo, CA, where two biomedical engineers conceived our innovative approach to postpartum hemorrhage. Over the next couple of years, the team received extensive support from Innovation Quest, the San Luis Obispo HotHouse Accelerator, and the Cal Poly Small Business Development Center. The encouragement of these organizations helped the founders synthesize their idea further, conduct initial analyses, and outline a path to bring the product to market.
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is excessive bleeding in a mother after childbirth. PPH is the leading cause of perinatal maternal death around the world—it is estimated that one woman dies from PPH every four minutes.
Clinically, 80% of the instances of PPH are caused by the failure of the uterus to contract after childbirth. This condition, known as uterine atony, leaves the blood vessels fully dilated and brings about unobstructed bleeding.
The InPress facilitates the body's natural mechanism for healing to address postpartum hemorrhage, without pharmaceuticals, hysterectomy, or other invasive surgical procedures. As opposed to merely treating the symptoms of PPH, the InPress is designed to stop bleeding by stimulating uterine contraction. When the InPress is inserted into a uterus upon childbirth, its proprietary mechanism is intended to stimulate the body's natural post-delivery response by gently contracting the uterus back to the right postpartum size.
The InPress will work quickly and effectively. It can dramatically reduce the cost of healthcare during childbirth and substantially reduce the risk of loss of life. We foresee the InPress becoming a part of the standard procedure for childbirth around the world. Our vision is to make the InPress affordable and accessible in developed and developing countries thus helping save the lives of women around the world.
"The InPress technology has the potential to change the way postpartum hemorrhage is treated and save many lives."Suellen Miller, Director of Safe Motherhood Program
"The InPress device is uniquely designed to work in concert with normal uterine mechanisms to prevent or stop PPH."Jan Segnitz, MD, OB/GYN
"Given the physiology of the uterus, the InPressDr. Rebekah Sharp, practicing OB/GYN, Michigan
device is the only approach that makes sense."
Jessie oversees all company activities. Under her leadership, the company continues to achieve significant milestones meeting the challenges of bringing a new technology to market. She has a tremendous ability to build relationships with current and potential stake holders. Jessie's has the ever-present drive, passion for learning, and agility that marks the most successful entrepreneurs.
Nathan leads the development of the InPress device from concept to commercial product. He is a successful medical device engineer with over 13 years of experience leading technology innovation, product development, managing transitions to manufacturing, and life-cycle management of life science-products. Nathan is driven to maximize the accessibility to innovative medical technology solutions in order to have the greatest impact on the patients.
Amy is our Lead Engineer. She has a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cal Poly, with an emphasis on hemorrhage control. Her experience in the medical device industry provides the necessary functional knowledge for design improvement and validation. Amy is inspirited to create innovative technology that has a positive global impact.
Alan leads the regulatory, quality, and clinical affairs for bringing the InPress Device to market around the globe. Alan has over 30 years' experience in the medical device industry. Much of his career bringing new technology specifically in women's health. Alan has designed clinical studies to support many of these submissions including documentation to Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and Ethic Committees, which have led to successful commercialization of these devices.
John J. Carlow, EdD, MPH, is focused on clinical research and data for InPress. He has worked in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry as a biostatistician, data scientist, and clinical researcher for over 25 years. John has a strong successful background in pre-clinical, clinical, and post-marketing research.
Jan Segnitz MD is the CMO for InPress Technologies Inc. He is Board Certified in OBGYN. During his 30 years of clinical experience he has served on the Clinical faculty at Stanford University, run a private practice of general OBGYN for 28 years in San Jose, Cal, and served as the Director of hospital based OBGYN services at two San Francisco Bay area hospitals. Dr Segnitz attended Medical School in his home state, at the University of Kentucky. He completed his OBGYN residency at Stanford University.
Jim Verhulst heads up Quality Assurance. As a biopharmaceutical engineer with over 35 years of experience in the life sciences, he has developed novel production and software systems and the test protocols required to test and validate them. Jim was drawn to the company because InPress has the potential to save the lives of countless women around the globe.
Vrunda is the InPress General Manager for Emerging Markets. She has a background in Biomedical Engineering and brings nearly a decade of global health policy experience to this role. Vrunda has worked for U.S. Congresswoman Diane Watson focusing on both national and global health care, foreign affairs, and environmental policy. She has also worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative to research maternal and newborn deaths in Liberia.
Dr Gita Arjun, FACOG, is a clinical adviser. She is a Board-certified OBGYN. After completing her residency in Evanston, IL, she returned to India to work. In 2013, she retired from active clinical practice after 32 years as the Director and OBGYN at E.V. Kalyani Medical Centre, Chennai. She has edited two Ob/Gyn text books, co-authored a third, and authored a best-selling pregnancy book for Indian women. She is now focusing on social impact projects for global maternal and child health.
InPress Technologies is excited to share that the preliminary clinical study results of the InPress device have been successful.
Note: No regulatory approvals or clearances have yet been issued by Regulation Agencies for the InPress device to date.
InPress Technologies has developed the necessary engineering controls to ensure consistent product quality. The InPress quality system has earned the company this internationally recognized medical device certification of ISO 13485.
"InPress Technologies: Halting Postpartum Hemorrhage" in Pharma & Medtech Business Intelligence, July 14, 2015
"A Life-Saving Startup" in Cal Poly Business Magazine, July 7, 2015
"InPress Technologies initial study supports device’s treatment for PPH" in Medical Device Daily, April 24, 2015
"SLO-based company develops device to save hemorrhaging mothers' lives" in The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, January 5, 2015