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The 2016 MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators


Tyler Wanke, MD, MBA
Co-Founder and CEO at Innoblative Designs, Inc.
Tyler Wanke, MD, MBAAs cofounder and CEO of Innoblative, Tyler Wanke works to develop electrosurgical devices to innovate surgical procedures. The company’s first product, a radiofrequency ablation (RFA) applicator that allows surgeons to ablate soft tissue beds during surgery for breast cancer, recently won first place at the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) $100K Challenge.

While a medical student at Northwestern University, Wanke took night classes at the Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. It was there that he met Dr. Dan McCarthy, and later Dr. David Mahvi, who introduced him to the excision then RFA or “eRFA” pilot work being done by Dr. Suzanne Klimberg, a famous breast surgeon. The group took the idea of ablation and conceived of the Innoblative device, which is specifically designed to use radiofrequency waves to kill potentially cancerous tissue left after surgery.

“We interviewed dozens of surgeons and took all of their feedback into account to create a device that is human factors-engineered for this kind of procedure,” explains Wanke of developing the product. “It is interdisciplinary collaboration at it’s best.”

Wanke took a leave of absence from medical school to attend Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management full time to learn more about business while they launched Innoblative. Now he’s a full time “Innoblator” and still sees patients every other week to stay sharp.

MedTech Boston Staff

    Abigail Ballou, Alexandra David, Shreya Iyer and Casey Nugent contributed to this story.

    6 Comments

    1. Sraliceop@netscape says:

      Congratulations to Call9! I admire the motivation and purpose behind your work. May it enhance the Gift of Life for many people. And it all started with Al and Estelle! My best wishes and prayers!

      Alice Reichmeider, O.P.

    2. Chandra reddy says:

      Nina
      Way to go
      We are all so proud of you

    3. kusuma rao says:

      Hi Nina my name is KusumaRao classmate of your parents at MMC.i want you to know how proud i am of you not just the intelligence but the compassion for others at such an young age.To tell our own self for nthe good of others in not known in indian community. you made all of us feel good keepup the goodwork and God bless you love Kusuma aunty

    4. Dr. Harneet V Thakur says:

      Hi Anshuman,

      I am very proud of you and lucky to have you as my student. It was known during your M.tech project that you will shine. Many best wishes and congratulations. I wish you grand success in all your endevours.

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