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University of Utah startups' devices aimed at saving lives, cutting costs

from The Salt Lake Tribune

Deep inside the human throat, there's a critical junction where the trachea branches off and leads to the lungs. The other path leads to the stomach down the esophagus, the place medical professionals hope to hit when inserting feeding tubes by touch. But this 150-year-old technology is expensive, because placement has to be confirmed by X-ray or endoscope. Putting the tube in the wrong place is potentially fatal. John Fang, associate professor of gastroenterology at the University of Utah, hopes to reduce costs and mistakes with a device he invented and expects to market within the next year through his startup company, Veritract. more


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