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?
Smart Sustainable Design™
PERFORMANCE, ECONOMIC VALUE and SUSTAINABILITY drive 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 reduce or eliminate plastic waste – and still deliver clinical performance at a price that brings value our customers. Some of our products will use more sustainable materials, while others will be designed to be more sustainable through multiple uses – moving away from a single use throw away model.
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. ” said Rob Chase, Founder and President.
Greening the OR® Initiative. Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading healthcare community dedicated to empowering its members to increase their efficiencies in environmental stewardship and the initiative is a collaborative effort to envision what the green operating room of the future might look like and the means of getting there.
Think Beyond Plastic™ is a social-impact venture addressing plastic pollution by harnessing the forces of entrepreneurship, innovation, and the power of global markets to do good. Think Beyond Plastic sources and advances broad-based disruptive innovation that measurably reduces plastic pollution, with preference for source reduction. In 2012, NewGen Surgical became one of their first members of the Think Beyond Plastic™ Accelerator; the first Accelerator in the world to focus on plastic pollution as an innovation opportunity, and will play a pivotal role in connecting the urgency of the global plastic pollution crisis with breakthrough solutions.
Like a growing number of forward-thinking companies around the world, NewGen Surgical uses the Triple Bottom Line, also known as the three pillars of sustainability:
People: Enhancing the health of communities in which we operate — patients, surgeons, nurses, hospital personnel — all people effected by the environmental effects of plastic production and pollution.
Planet: Aiding and protecting our environment — it is our mission and our passion. We want to leave the world a better place for future generations.
Profit: By doing good we can also do well, financially. Companies need profitability in order to survive but not at the expense of others or degradation of the environment. Our success will be measured in context of how well we do in all areas Profitability, People and Planet.
We take the triple bottom line concept even further, and strive to support a circular economy. The Young Leaders Forum, a division of the World Economic Forum defines the circular economy as an alternative to traditional linear economy. It decouples growth from scarce resource use, thus allowing economic development within natural resource limits. Furthermore, a circular economy allows companies to innovate, enabling customers and users to adopt sustainable products and services.
There’s growing consensus that the only way forward with sustainable production and growth is to switch from our current industrial linear model to one that is less dependent on primary energy and natural resources, and is also regenerative to reduce waste.
Companies on the forefront of this wave can unleash innovations, like new product-to-service approaches, new materials recovery methods, and smarter projections and preparedness for future costs, such as waste disposal or raw materials prices.
Read World Economic Forum definition here.