Deep Blue -  At A Glance

  • Corporation established March 2015

  • IP – licensed from Duke and NCSU, multiple filings in 4 patent areas

  • Grants/Awards: $825,000 (MedBlue, DTRI, NCBiotech TEG, NIH STTR Phase I, NCBiotech SRL, DIHI Jam).  Deep Blue's work is supported by an NIH STTR Phase I Grant and an NC Biotech SRL award

  • Private financing closed in January, 2018

  • Hernia Repair Market: The hernia device market is ~$1.1B globally annually, including $695M of ventral hernia mesh sold, 1.4 million surgeries, and 1M mesh units implanted

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Our Team

Dr. Howard Levinson: Inventor/Founder, CMO, Director

Dr. Levinson serves as the Director of Plastic Surgery Research, Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery / Division of Surgical Sciences / Pathology / Dermatology at Duke University. He is also a speaker and clinical author.

Bill Perry: CEO, Director

Mr. Perry brings 25 years of experience in medical device start-ups including having contributed to multiple exits, venture financings, an IPO, 16+ medical product introductions, and 20+ business development deals.

Lou Fuqua: VP Operations & Quality

Mr. Fuqua has 25 years of experience in medical device development and manufacturing for start-ups, and a track record of success in RA/QA, regulatory filings and Clearances / approvals, and Quality Systems QSR / ISO 13485 / CMDR Implementation. 

Ken Gall, Ph.D.: Inventor/Founder, CTO, Director

Dr. Gall co-invented Deep Blue's anchor clip. He is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, as well as a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Associate Director in the Pratt School of Engineering, MEDx Initiative. Ken has contributed to several start-ups and exits.

Dr. Robert Isaacs: Director

Dr. Isaacs is a spinal neurosurgeon at Duke Raleigh and Duke Regional hospitals and has been in practice for over 20 years. He is a serial entrepreneur and has contributed to multiple start-ups and exits.

Robert Bonczek, MBA, JD: Director

Mr. Bonczek serves as President and CFO of MedBlue, a Duke university-focused incubator.


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Deep Blue Medical Advances, Inc.

  Durham, NC and San Jose, CA