LineGard Med, the medical device startup from Little Rock entrepreneur Spencer Jones, has added Vance Clement of Fayetteville’s BlueInGreen as its chief operating officer, the company announced.
In addition, Jones has added Jordan Mykleby as director of engineering. Mikleby joins LineGuard from the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, where he worked with the ZeroTo510 Medical Device Accelerator.
Jones, LineGard’s CEO, is a surgical nurse who won the 2014 Little Rock edition of the ARK Challenge accelerator with his idea for a method of drawing both IV fluids and blood in hospital patients from the same site. He took a similar idea, a patented method for a two-piece break-away valve that creates a sealed liquid connection between IV tubing and a patient’s IV site, to ZeroTo510 last year.
Jones partnered with North Little Rock medical device investor David DePoyster to form LineGard Med, which is marketing its first product, the SafeBreak IV, to help prevent the dislodgement or pull-out of feeding tubes, IV lines, urinary catheters and any other types of medical tubing by breaking into two pieces and protecting the patient’s insertion site.
“I believe the SafeBreak IV is going to save nurses time, hospitals money and improve delivery of healthcare to patients,” Clement said in a news release.
Before his work with BlueInGreen, which makes water treatment systems, Clement worked for Mako Surgical, Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics and Wright Medical Technology (now Microport).
“Vance brings years of successful sales, marketing and startup experience to our organization,” Jones said. “I know that his relationships and skill set will allow us to bring our first product to market successfully and ensure that we develop a foundation for future growth.”