Piranha Medical and GI Supply Partner to Improve the Treatment of Food Impaction
February 14, 2020 | Brooklyn Park, MN and Mechanicsburg, PA
Piranha Medical, LLC, a medical device company with an innovative catheter solution for the treatment of esophageal food impaction, announced a formal partnership with GI Supply, Inc., a medical device company focused on improving efficiency and patient satisfaction in the gastroenterology (GI) sector, as the official global distributor for the Piranha GI device.
The Piranha GI device was designed and developed by Dr. Robert Ganz, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and Emeritus Chief of Gastroenterology at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Dr. Ganz holds several patents in the field of medicine and is a pioneer in the gastroenterology field of medicine.
As the Chief Medical Officer of Piranha, Dr. Ganz offered, “GI Supply is a strong commercial partner to help introduce this important technological advance in the field of esophageal food impaction. The Piranha device will help patients and endoscopists in clearing food in a safe, effective, and time-efficient manner.”
FDA-approved specifically for food impaction, Piranha GI connects seamlessly to a lab’s wall suction and leverages a Teflon-coated catheter to core quickly through food impactions. The device removes food back through the lubricious catheter, enables visualization beyond the food blockage, and ultimately allows the food to pass naturally through the digestive tract.
Luke Johnson, CEO of GI Supply, added, “Food impaction cases can be very frightening for patients, and procedurally very challenging for physicians and clinical staff. Piranha GI is an elegantly simple device that improves patient safety and saves physicians time. We are excited about this partnership as the Piranha device fits perfectly with GI Supply’s mission to offer GI physicians solutions that make challenging procedures safer, faster, and more economical.”
Michael Augustine, CEO of Piranha Medical, commented, “This new partnership represents months of collaboration and discussion with GI Supply and the proper distribution channels needed to bring the Piranha GI device to the masses. GI Supply is a perfect fit for us as a company. We are so pleased with the response we have received from physicians and other specialists who have endorsed and accepted this product into their emergency rooms and treatment centers; we look forward to future opportunities this partnership will open up in the coming months.”
About Piranha Medical
Piranha Medical, LLC was created in 2018 to address the more than 40,000 food impaction incidences throughout the US and more globally. The Piranha cores and suctions food into a catheter; that allows clearance of the bolus with no pile-up of food, leaves the field for good visualization and helps in avoiding aspiration risks.
About GI Supply
GI Supply, Inc. was founded more than 30 years ago by gastroenterologist Dr. Frank Jackson and is today a partner with nearly every GI lab in the U.S. and in more than 40 countries globally. As a physician-founded company, we strive for deep clinical input into all that we do. Best known over the last 20 years for our Spot ® Endoscopic Marker and Spot ® Ex Endoscopic Tattoo, GI Supply is now broadening our portfolio with solutions that allow GI physicians to perform more-advanced procedures safely, efficiently and economically.
Contact for Piranha Medical:
Michael Augustine, CEO
Contact for GI Supply:
Jimena Garcia Vela, VP of Marketing