A ST HELENS company that was started in its founders’ University bedrooms has launched its US headquarters as it continues its mission to become a world leader in surgical training.

Inovus Medical, based on Wharton Street, at the Sherdley Road Industrial Estate, was launched by Dr Elliot Street and Jordan Van Flute.

Starting in their University bedrooms, the operation was then moved into a garage during Inovus’ fledgling days.

The business manufactures and engineers state-of-the-art virtual technology to assist and improve surgical training and care.

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Inovus has gone on to develop a global customer base, making its first international sales in 2014.

Using 3D printing, high-tech surgical simulators and digital platforms, the company has branched into hospitals, universities, and medical settings around the world.

The Star reported in 2022 when Inovus received a £7m investment to strengthen its global customer base and increase the capacity of its development teams.

The company has taken a huge step in its aim to become the world's leading partner in surgical training, launching its US headquarters in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Over the past year, Inovus Medical has experienced success in the American market, fostering key partnerships with the leading society for gynaecologic surgery, AAGL, and industry giants Hologic, solidifying the company's presence in the American surgical training landscape.

The company’s choice of Tampa Bay as the location for its US headquarters was influenced by the city’s robust healthcare ecosystem, combined with its status as a thriving hub for innovation and technology. Also, the proximity to renowned medical institutions, research facilities, and a diverse pool of healthcare professionals positions the company strategically to engage in meaningful partnerships, fostering a collaborative approach to advancing surgical education.

St Helens Star: Dr Elliot Street and Jordan Van Flute founders of Inovus MedicalDr Elliot Street and Jordan Van Flute founders of Inovus Medical (Image: Stock)

Inovus Medical Chairman, and DIT export champion, Glenn Cooper said: “With our instal base across North America growing rapidly, the opening of a US headquarters is critical to delivering a world-class, local service to our customers across the region.

“Tampa Bay has a rich pedigree in MedTech and technology in general. We have already cultivated some compelling partnerships with the local ecosystem and are excited to be launching our next phase of growth from this vibrant city.”

The newly established headquarters encompasses office space, conferencing facilities and dedicated warehousing and logistics facilities. This comprehensive setup will streamline the distribution of Inovus Medical's cutting-edge simulation technologies and provide in-market technical and customer support across North America.

The US headquarters will be home to the newly appointed U.S. operations team, who will play a crucial role in communication ,logistics, and customer service to the rapidly growing North American customer base, and the site is poised to be a central pillar in Inovus’ global expansion strategy.