LLOYD SHUE —- PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
The professional background is only as strong as its leadership. Lloyd Shue has led our company from its inception. Here are his qualifications, background, and experience in our trade and leading up to today.
CENTRAL RECEIVING/MAINTENANCE – Worked for a local college, repairing microscopes, typewriters, and lab equipment.
OLYMPUS – Repaired flexible endoscopes for Olympus Baltimore Repair Center. I received Senior Tech training in 1981 at Olympus New York Center and OES training in Olympus San Jose in 1983. OES was the first generation of submersible generation endoscope and required a new method for repairing and sealing. With the opening of the San Jose Repair Center, overhauling flexible endoscopes in their entirety by one trained technicians was discontinued in 1983. I was the last American technician to repair endoscopes on a ‘one-on-one’ basis in 1986 due to my experience repairing Bronchoscopes. The delicate touch required on fiber-optic Bronchoscopes made them difficult to transition to an assembly line. San Jose trained techs in only one aspect of the repair process to rush them to become competent for that aspect at a faster pace to keep up with demand.
FIBER TECH MEDICAL, INC. – Co-founder
Engaged in the service of flexible and rigid endoscopes and ancillary equipment direct to hospitals, medical centers and private doctors. $15 million in yearly sales in 1998 with projections exceeding $20 million for 1999, 11 years in business before General Electric Medical buy out in 1999, representing repair centers in 14 cities in 5 countries employing 184 full time employees.
While at Fiber Tech I guest lectured for SGNA and was a key member of the roundtable to develop the reprocessing protocol for flexible endoscopes which was later adapted by the SGNA. I was a member of ATSM Subcommittee F04.35 to develop “Standard Practice for Cleaning and Disinfection of Flexible Fiber optic and Video Endoscopes Used in the Examination of the Hollow Viscera”.
INDEPENDENCE MEDICAL, INC. – Co-founder
Offered the service of endoscopes and accessories as a sub-contractor to other entities in the medical service industry. We sold parts and training to support those brokers. United States sales representatives for several European surgical devices.
FIBER TECH INSTRUMENTS, INC. Co-founder/ President
Designed, specified and manufactured devices, tools and components related to the endoscopy market. This includes; biopsy forceps, flex + rigid lenses, flex replacement parts, Quality Control and testing apparatus, (Power Panel, Distal Clamp Bar, Button Lubricator, Nitro Fogger, QC Image Comparator, Endo Collimator). Developed EndoMendo, a unique software to track, trend and inter-face with customers the heavy volume of equipment from anywhere in the world. EndoMendo is still in use in an updated version twenty years later as Mend Soft.
TECH FIBER — Co-founder
Endoscope service centers in Lyon, France and Trieste, Italy. This involved a conceptual change in thinking in Europe to trust someone to repair medical equipment other than the original equipment manufacturer.
CONSULTANT TO GENERAL ELECTRIC
A one year term to transition Fiber Tech & Tech Fiber businesses into the GE environment. Involved training of key Managers and Sales Personnel.
LLOJENN, INC. – Founder/ President
Founded in 1999 to continue the design and manufacture of devices using remote articulation to maneuver devices inside the body to offer treatment otherwise not available. The first device was the continuation of the Cry Med project from its beginnings at Fiber Tech Instruments. After GE’s reluctance to understand the usefulness of the technology, I continued employment of a brilliant Bio-Engineer, Jennifer Cartledge. The LLO coming from Lloyd and the JENN derived from Jennifer to create the company name. Cry Med uses liquid Nitrogen in a low pressurized liquid state to ablate unwanted tissue in the body in a technique called cryotherapy. Cry Med is now a multimillion dollar company operating as CSA Medical and saving many lives today.
LEO TECH — Purchased Leo Tech, LLC. a micro machine shop specializing in CNC machining, micro component assembly and LASER welding. Developed, machined and assembled reusable flexible forceps and brushes for the endoscopy market. Using an Induction Heat to dial I optimum temperature to attach coil pipes to Insertion Tube rings, we added coil pipe assemblies to our offerings.
BENDING SECTION SERVICE — Using LASER technology, we began replacing damaged eyelets and worn rivets as a niche market. Service companies had little recourse other than to purchased used endoscopes and dismantle components, prior to our inception. With the introduction of the Olympus “A” model (PCF-180AL) of flexible endoscopes, repairing bending sections became our primary income stream with an average of one hundred successful repairs per month. The “A” stands for an adjustable tension Insertion Tube. The over tensioning causes excessive strain on the articulating components similar to the impact of a two directional toothed hack saw blade, it cuts coming and going.
2001 ENDOTESTER – Automated a hand driven optical bench tester to a computer driven fully automated center suitable for flexible and rigid endoscopes. Using LabVeiw software it was cutting edge for measuring; fiber bundle breakage, light fall off, collimator, 1910 test card, DOF……
HEART ARTICULATING CHANNEL – Designed and built a device with a minimum outside diameter while maximizing the inside diameter. The device is inserted in the femoral vein around the groin and passes through two valves of the heart to capture and tie the two valves of the bicuspid valve while the heart still beats. Edwards Lifesciences requested a device to repair leaky heart valve (murmurs) by attaching the weaker valve to the stronger one. Then we built a device to tie a knot in the valves from roughly three feet away. We perfected the instrument on sheep trials before passing the technology on to ELS. They then solicited a device to map the electrical impulses (SA node) around all sides of the human heart. I designed an articulating hollow tip on the end of a rigid tube to pass through an opening between the ribs to be able to map the electrical impulses around all sides of the human heart. I produced four different prototypes for their study.
FUJINON TRAINING – Received training from Fujinon to repair their flexible endoscopes as part of their licensed outside service centers. I operated for several years as a sub-contractor to reduce their overflow.
GEMINI PROJECT — Designed a specialized trocar to perforate the abdomen and then the umbilical cord of twins in uteri for a French Obstetrician. The blade was used to test and transmit fluids of a twin in distress.
SPINASCOPE — Designed and built several prototypes to remove damaged bone and tissue from a damaged vertebra or ruptured disc. This Dissecting high speed burr for spinal surgery uses a shielded rotating burr at the end of an articulating tip to access the spine from any direction.
RAT TAG – This is a project to laser weld identifying markers onto surgical devices in an effort to keep sets together.