Dr. Benjamin F. Merrifield and Dr. Drew Schembre are practicing gastroenterologists who love to invent devices. They founded EndoGear LLC based in Seattle, WA, in 2012 to build better endoscopic tools. Dr. Merrifield and Dr. Schembre have successfully created endoscopic devices. Dr. Merrifield: Endoscopic Foreign Body Retrieval device (licensed to US Endoscopy). Dr. Schembre: ProCore endoscopic ultrasound biopsy needle (licensed to Cook Medical).
EndoGear has access to a broad range of design and engineering capabilities including advanced CAD software, precision machining, 3D printing, and design testing. In addition, EndoGear has porcine and synthetic endoscopic simulators, endoscopes and currently available devices for comparative testing.
In 2015 EndoGear received prestigious Seattle Based Life Sciences Discovery Fund Proof of Concept Grant to develop a novel endoscopic device to treat gastrointestinal bleeding.