"The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn’t know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, ‘I must have it.’"
Eric Schmidt
Executive Chairman of Google

In Concert with Dr. Mark Webster – Medical Innovator

“Since 2008, my interventional cardiology practice has included transcutaneous aortic valve implantation (TAVI).  The procedure involves advancing the replacement aortic valve, on a stent-like metal frame, over a stiff-bodied 0.035” guidewire from the femoral artery. The distal portion of this wire has traditionally been hand shaped to conform to the left ventricular cavity, thereby minimizing the risk of wire-associated left ventricular damage or perforation. Over the last 2 years I have worked with Concert Medical to develop an improved, pre-shaped TAVI guidewire with some novel shape and material characteristics.”

- Dr. Mark Webster

“I highly recommend Concert Medical when designing, developing or manufacturing any wire-based cardiovascular or related products. They provide value across the whole process - from material alloys to market opportunity. Concert Medical is of sufficient size to have resources in all relevant areas, yet retain the innovation, flexibility, responsiveness and personal interaction of a smaller company.  They are a great team to work with.”

- Dr. Mark Webster



About Dr. Mark Webster

Dr. Webster is an interventional cardiologist at Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.  After training in NZ and at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, he returned to NZ in 1991 as a consultant cardiologist at Green Lane and Auckland City Hospitals.  Currently, he is Director of the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories and an Honorary Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Auckland.  He is also President-elect of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. Webster’s research interests include early stage interventional device studies, coronary disease in diabetes and in renal failure, antiplatelet drugs, coronary anatomy modeling and computational fluid dynamics, and systems-based trials.  He has designed and helped develop a number of interventional cardiology devices. These include the STARBoard family of products, which facilitate radial access angiography and interventional procedures.  STARBoard won the NZ Plastic Industries Supreme Award in 2012, and is sold worldwide.


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