MBA grad turns Capstone project into health care product company

By NewGen Surgical | February 14, 2018

The road to Rob Chase’s role as founder and president of NewGen Surgical traveled through Dominican in more ways than one. Rob grew up near the University and routinely would take after-dinner walks with his mother through campus. He eventually stayed on campus, first to earn his MBA in Strategic Management in 2000 and later…

Trending: New Plant-Based Solutions for Non-Recyclable Health, Home Products

By NewGen Surgical | December 6, 2017

While there’s plenty of discussion surrounding single-use plastics — namely straws, water bottles, food packaging, coffee stirrers, etc. — the topic of disposable needle counters doesn’t typically enter into the conversation. But with hospitals across the US generating more than 12,000 tons of waste per day — 30 percent of which come from operating rooms…

Climate Change & NewGen Surgical Impacts – A Perspective

By NewGen Surgical | October 5, 2017

The healthcare supply chain is built on plastics, designed for single use and disposal. Plastics are made of oil, and the use of plastics in healthcare supports fossil fuel dependence, contributing to climate change. To promote public health and curb pollution, the healthcare industry must improve the supply chain, with better material inputs and healthier…

Connecting healthy people, healthy products, healthy planet at CleanMed 2017.

By NewGen Surgical | June 27, 2017

by Rob Chase 2017 marks our sixth year attending the CleanMed conference – and our third time to exhibit. I look forward to this event every year and networking with individuals throughout healthcare who are on the forefront of creating a more sustainable healthcare system. This year seemed more important than ever to get together…

Environmental Impact of our Health Care System on Public Health

By Kim Chase | August 11, 2016

Blog by Ann Blake PhD, Environmental Advisor, NewGen Surgical. An article highlighting the environmental impact of our health care system on public health recently crossed my desk. My work as an environmental and public health consultant focuses on understanding the environmental impact of products and systems across many economic sectors. I took particular notice of…

North Bay Business Journal – San Rafael’s NewGen Surgical creates plant-based surgical stapler

By Kim Chase | February 18, 2016

With the creation of what is believed to be the first plant-based medical device, a San Rafael-based company is hoping to reduce the amount of trash that comes out of operating rooms, and help to bring the health care industry in line with environmental sustainability. NewGen Surgical Inc. (, a developer and manufacturer of sustainable…

Dupont’s Tyvek® Rx: June 2015 – NewGen Surgical Focuses on Sustainable Solutions for the OR

By Kim Chase | September 17, 2015

Each year, tens of millions of disposable surgical skin staplers—made of non-renewable materials—are used in operating rooms (ORs) around the world. These devices represent a significant environmental impact and illustrate the challenge hospitals face as they focus on sustainability initiatives. Now, there is a sustainable alternative for this medical device, thanks to NewGen Surgical, Inc.,…

Rob Chase interview on KRCB – creating a sustainable niche in the operating room.

By Kim Chase | August 26, 2015

Hospitals are notorious sources of voluminous waste. Rob Chase wants to change that, and has launched a new business aimed at moving the process forward. New Gen Surgical founder and CEO Rob Chase believes the time is ripe for bringing a focus on sustainability into hospital operating rooms, as industry leaders are increasingly recognizing the…

Just released: Circular Economy Awards Yearbook 2015

By Kim Chase | August 11, 2015

NewGen Surgical is so honored to be one of the highly commended companies – joining an amazing group of visionaries, companies and even cities that were honored for their work within and to promote the circular economy. The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to…

Plastics’ threats to oceans gets attention from Reps. Honda, Farr

By Kim Chase | March 18, 2015

The Think Beyond Plastic Innovation Forum featured many companies and products, including Newgen Surgical. Founder Rob Chase was on a luncheon panel, and is interviewed about medical waste and our mission to redesign single-use disposable products and medical devices.