We chose to introduce MezLight at the American Transplant Congress(ATC) in Boston for a number of reasons, with the primary one being that Dr. Josh Mezrich, our friend and the inventor of MezLight, is a bit of a rock star in the world of transplant surgery. Our introduction to the surgical community was several years in the making and we couldn’t be happier with the reaction we received. We met hundreds of individuals from around the world, and received invaluable feedback from surgeons and other healthcare professionals that has been helping us refine the design before we go into production.
To ensure we made as big an impact as possible, MezLight was represented by eight team members, including co-founders Karen and Craig Christianson, and co-founder/inventor Dr. Josh Mezrich. Josh also gave a talk about his book When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon.
In addition to the enthusiasm the MezLight team brought to the exhibit hall, our booth created its own buzz, with “Manny” the life-like mannequin inspiring more than a few double-takes from attendees. At our booth, attendees were able to test drive prototypes of our headlight alternative on a real OR table. This allowed us to capture their insights and critiquesregarding what worked for them and what might benefit from revisions.
In the end, we were energized with the overwhelmingly positive response to MezLight, with many visitors expressing a desire to trial one when it becomes commercially available in late 2019. Many attendees were surprised that something like the MezLight didn’t already exist. In fact, one of the most common utterances we heard at the conference was, “How is this not already a thing?!?!”
Since the event in June, the team has been hard at work revising the design using the feedback we received, while simultaneously preparing for release to production. As we listened to the individuals whose lives will be positively impacted by Josh’s creation, we look forward to getting this into the hands (not on the heads) of as many surgeons as possible.
In October 2019, we will be at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congresswhere we look forward to demonstrating our final design to an even larger gathering of surgeons across many areas of surgical specialty. If you’d like to be added to the list of surgeons interested in trialing a MezLight, simply click here and leave us a bit of information to Get Lit!