AMB Surgical II: Getting Smart About Pediatric Orthopedics

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A child with spinal deformity to undergo as many as 10 surgeries in a 5-8 year time frame. AMB Surgical aims to spare them that with its Self Automated Growing Rod, which incorporates sensors that wirelessly communicate with a paired software application to provide doctors with real-time feedback from the device so they can make strategic, painless adjustments to the rod's length remotely.

When health issues have a personal impact, solutions can come from unexpected places. By the time Dan Sands, CEO of AMB Surgical II LLC, met the start-up’s original co-founders Casel Burnett and Tyson Ross, the two engineers each had well-established careers outside of healthcare or medtech. Burnett, who held a senior position at Toyota at the time, was inspired and emboldened by his daughter Ashley (for whom the company is named) and her diagnosis of early onset scoliosis. He called on Ross, with whom he had previously collaborated in the automotive field early on, before Ross joined the Air Force Research Laboratory.


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