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Matthew A. Howard III, MD, FAANS— In a Tech Transfer Breakfast Seminar presentation at the 2014 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco, I focused on my experiences in starting new medical device companies that are formed to bring neurosurgical inventions from the concept phase to clinical use. I started this type of work as a medical student at the University of Virginia (UVA) in the early 1980s. This was possible because I met M. Sean Grady, MD, FAANS, who was a resident in John Jane Sr.’s, MD, PhD, FAANS(L), neurosurgery training program, and we began to work on several projects together. One idea that came to mind was to use externally generated magnetic forces to remotely guide implants within the body. We collaborated with Professor Rogers Ritter in the department of physics to develop what became the magnetic surgery system. We formed a company called Stereotaxis Inc. to commercialize the system, and
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