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.

First Business Accelerator For Solutions To Plastic Pollution

By Kim Chase | July 14, 2014 Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the third annual Plasticity Forum at NYC’s Tribeca Rooftop which aims to share the wealth of knowledge from the leading edge of those who are facilitating a world where plastic is used, but without the footprint…..

Think Beyond Plastic Business Accelerator Announces Executive Officers

By Kim Chase | July 14, 2014 The Think Beyond Plastic Accelerator which was launched last month at the Our Oceans conference, announced the following executive officers yesterday: Daniella Russo, a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer….

Nurturing Startups Trying To Reduce Pollution From Plastic

By Kim Chase | June 19, 2014 The Think Beyond Plastic Business Accelerator works with social enterprises trying to reduce plastic waste.