Tag - Winter Innovations

See which startups are in Lafayette’s 2021 Get Started Medical Pitch Competition

Seven innovative medical startups are vying for $40,000 in cash prizes at this year’s Get Started Medical Pitch Competition, which is part of the Innovate South business conference in Lafayette. Each of the seven startups will pitch their product or service in the “”Shark Tank””-style competition to a panel of judges. Past winners include the Tennessee-based Winter Innovations, which won in 2019 for its Easy Whip needle — a new type of needle that makes whip-stitching easier and more […]

Startups, be ready. Epicenter and SOE’s $10K pitch competition, The Next Big Thing, is back

In year one, Phillip Ashley Rix and his company, Phillip Ashley Chocolates, claimed victory. In year two, Lia Winter and her medical device business, Winter Innovations, took the top honor. Now year three is upon us, and the question remains — which local startup will follow in their footsteps, and be deemed “The Next Big Thing?” Called The Next Big Thing, it provides local startups and scale-ups the chance to compete for $10,000, as they make elevator pitches made […]

A Better Surgical Suture: A Development Story

The EasyWhip is indicated for use in approximation and/or ligation of soft tissues, including the use of allograft tissue for orthopedic surgeries. It is ideal for repairing torn ligaments and tendons, like the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), Achilles’ tendon, and distal biceps tendon. The EasyWhip’s clearance is the first regulatory milestone for Winter Innovations Inc., the company Winter and Dishner (its chief operating officer) founded in 2018. Shortly before gaining FDA clearance this past spring, the company received a […]

Medical Device Startup Founded by Alumni Receives FDA Clearance

Two University of Tennessee, Knoxville, alumni took an idea for an innovative medical device and developed the product and pitch while enrolled in UT’s MS–MBA program, a dual degree offered through the Tickle College of Engineering and the Haslam College of Business. Lia Winter (’19) and Preston Dishner (’19) developed EasyWhip, a patented surgical needle designed to increase the speed and accuracy of whipstitching in orthopedic reconstruction surgeries. EasyWhip recently received 510(k) premarket clearance from the US Food and […]