The founders of medical device startup LifeServe Innovations have been recognized by BusinessWeek magazine as finalists in its annual list of the nation’s top 25 entrepreneurs under the age of 25.
Second-year Case Western Reserve University medical student Rick Arlow and partner Zachary Bloom, a recent Lehigh University graduate in healthcare economics, started LifeServe with the aim of giving emergency workers better tools to perform emergency airway-access procedures.
During the product development process, LifeServe was inspired by the way snakes bite their prey, designing its devices to mimic snakes’ fangs. The company is in the midst of testing its devices on cadavers.
BusinessWeek lists each of the 25 companies and offers a brief description. LifeServe’s entry notes that Arlow and Bloom have raised $100,000 in grants and prizes from business plan competitions, and are applying for funding from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Defense Dept.
Through Oct. 21, BusinessWeek is inviting readers to vote on what they consider to be the most promising startup. Winners are slated to be announced a week later.