About NewGen Surgical

NewGen Surgical was started in 2012 with a vision that we could design quality single-use medical devices with sustainable materials.

With a growing concern about climate change and environmental pollution, we made it our mission — and our business — to redesign single-use plastic medical devices. After years of working with nurses, O.R. staff and physicians in the operating room we could see this concern was one we all shared. We asked ourselves if these single-use disposable plastic products could be made with sustainable materials and deliver excellent clinical performance. And if sustainable materials could not be used and achieve clinical performance and efficacy, could the product be reimagined using a circular economy model?


Our mission is to help our customers deliver quality and cost effective care while at the same time preserving and protecting the foundation of all health – a healthy environment. We do this by offering products that are more sustainable and that will reduce energy, non-renewable resource use and plastic pollution. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate single-use disposable plastic products in the O.R. – by replacing them with products made with sustainable materials.

We’re committed to redesigning single-use plastic medical devices and surgical products that will:

  • Eliminate chemicals of concern and toxicity
  • Reduce energy and use of nonrenewable resources
  • Reduce the amount of plastic produced, used and discarded
  • Reduce and/or eliminate waste going to landfill or incineration
  • Reduce costs for the hospital

Smart Sustainable Design


Our development process begins with a thorough understanding of the clinical performance doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals expect from a medical device. By rethinking, redesigning and reimagining a surgical product used every day in the operating room, we can use sustainable material to reduce or eliminate plastic waste – and still deliver clinical performance at a price that brings value to our customers.

Our first product – the NGS35W Skin Stapler – is a good example of our design process. We spent over two years designing around sustainable materials, with a focus on clinical performance and supply chain consideration, to deliver economic value to our customers and a significant reduction in plastic waste.

“Much like the healthcare industry’s emphasis treating root cause by focusing on wellness and prevention for people, NewGen Surgical is doing the same. By examining and redesigning products with more sustainable materials on the front end, we achieve a source reduction of plastic used and a reduction of end-of-life plastic pollution in the environment,”

Rob Chase, Founder and President.


The WHY in what we do


Acterra’s 2020 Business Environmental Awards

NewGen Surgical was recognized as a finalist for exceptional achievements in sustainability in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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2019 Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year Awards

The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce selected NewGen Surgical as a nominee for the 2019 Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year award.

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2019 Green America’s People & Planet Award

Green America recognized NewGen Surgical in its Alternatives to Plastic category for its People and Planet Award for Green Businesses.

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2018 California Product Stewardship Council Arrow Awards

NewGen Surgical was the recipient of the prestigious Green Arrow Award from the California Product Stewardship Council for leadership in waste reduction and product stewardship.

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edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018

NewGen Surgical was a finalist in the 11th annual edie Sustainability Leaders Award for Sustainability Product Innovation category.

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Sustainable Brands Innovation Open Competition

NewGen Surgical was honored as a finalist in the 6th annual Sustainable Brands Innovation Open competition.

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2015 Circular

Economy Awards

2015 Circular Economy Awards

NewGen Surgical was commended in the 2015 Circular Economy Awards in the Circular Economy Entrepreneurs category.

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Think Beyond Plastic Innovation Showcase

NewGen Surgical was invited to be part of the Think Beyond Plastic Innovation Group at the OUR OCEAN 2014 conference.

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North Bay

Innovation Summit

NewGen Surgical won the Health Care / Medical Tech 2015 category at the 7th annual North Bay Innovation Summit.

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