Co-founded by Eric Stone C99 WG07 and Pitou Devgon WG10, Velano Vascular is modernizing one of the most basic health-care tasks: drawing blood. Its device, called PIVO, extracts blood through a patient’s IV catheter, eliminating needles as well as complications for folks with difficult venous access (who account for about 30 percent of inpatient visits) and those who are simply needle averse, including kids.

Following FDA approval in 2015, Velano Vascular is now working with a number of health-care systems across the country to improve the efficiency, quality, and ease of obtaining blood samples.

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