German medical device specialist pro med instruments (PMI) continues its success story by reinforcing its research and development department (R&D). Since February, Sascha Kubis, formerly with Stryker Navigation, is the new director of the PMI R&D department, driving it forward with his know-how.
“Be a creative source of quality of life“ – this is the motto, which Sascha Kubis follows daily, being the reason why he can identify the most with the medical device sector. When developing products, it is important, says Kubis, to understand patients and customers, to identify their needs and to translate those into products. Patients and users are an important part of the product development process and need to be integrated. Creativity and innovation make work in Kubis´ view additionally exciting. “It is fascinating how an initial technical prototype becomes a proper product, which helps human beings“, explains the head of the department.
Matthias Schuele, managing director at PMI met Sascha Kubis at a congress in Los Angeles. “Since this day, I have kept an eye on the company,“ says Kubis with a smile. When PMI offered him the leadership of the research and development department he was at first surprised – but accepted the challenge with pleasure.
The future director has started off his career rather classically. After having absolved an apprenticeship in industry mechanics and mechanical engineering, he graduated as a technical business economist. “It is essential to figure out what one is good at and then, to do it again and again. Can you do it? Dare you? – Then do it!“ Kubis is convinced of that. Additionally, an open-mind towards new things should be retained using occasions daily to learn and to develop oneself further. This device has always been successfully Kubis´ red thread in life – in private as well as in business.
Inspiring people and taking them forward is important to Kubis. This is why he committed himself within the scope of teaching assignments at three Universities. “Sharing knowledge with future engineers showing them methods to solve problems is a great pleasure.“ PMI shares this values and releases him, therefore, various days from work.
PMI knows, says Kubis, how to use its strengths. The clear focus on its core competence – neurosurgery – makes the medical device company increasingly successful. PMI has a lot of potential. According to Kubis, the company is a hidden champion who knows how to translate customers’ needs into high-quality innovations.
In his new position at PMI, Kubis wants to give new impulses. The main focuses lie on optimizing processes as well as on expanding the knowledge and skills of the team members. For this purpose, it is important to get to know the individual talents of each team member and to combine them appropriately. Together, new and innovative products, on which patients and users can rely, will be developed. “Humans are less changeable than we often think. Don´t waste your time trying to add something which nature did not provide. Use the potential, which is already in them,“ explains Kubis. Schuele agrees adding: “If everyone contributes using his strengths and supporting each other, pulling into the same direction, then our success story becomes unstoppable.“ According to Schuele, a further reinforcement of the R&D Team is planned.
The future director is pleased with his work at the owner-managed company with its short decisionmaking paths. Kubis has a great and motivated R&D-Team at PMI. The team is driven by a common passion towards neurosurgery. DORO® products have a crucial purpose. A clear commitment to grow and a firm will to enrich people’s lives exists.
Pro Med Instruments, Inc. Reopens Its Redesigned Office
Pro med instruments, Inc. proudly announces the reopening of its newly constructed North American Headquarters located in Cape Coral, FL to accommodate its strong growth and its expanded operations. This step represents another milestone in the history of the Company.
The new office in Southwest Florida includes a modern training and education facility, collaboration and meeting areas for customer interactions and extra space to accommodate expansion of its operations. “It is important for our employees who work in Cape Coral and for our customers who visit us at our location to provide a productive, professional and exciting environment to do business in”, says Urs Brunner, VP & General Manager of pro med instruments, Inc.
In a second phase, PMI will expand its warehouse and logistics operation to keep pace with the demands of the marketplace and to better service its customers across all 50 States and Canada.
PMI, the global leader in cranial stabilization and brain retraction, continues its strong commitment to the medical community and the neurosurgery market.
Today, PMI serves neurosurgeons, hospitals and patients in approximately 140 countries. The privately owned company consists of competent and highly motivated employees, dedicated to improve the quality of our users’ and patient’s lives. “Our focus is to bring innovative solutions with highest reliability and quality to the neurosurgeon”, says Matthias Schuele, President of PMI.
Successful Triathlon Kick-off For Team Pro Med Instruments
At their first joint competition, PMI took off with one relay team and one single starter.
Four pro med instruments employees shone at the 23 “Freiburg Triathlon” at the Seeparkstadion last Sunday. Sandra Untenberger, Lutz Babilon and Matthias Aßmann started together as a relay team, while Urs Brunner as only US-American participant mastered the Olympic distance in single evaluation.
Relay and individual started contemporaneous at 9:30 am with a 1.5-kilometer long swimming distance at the Flückinger See. Afterwards, the change to the bike took place and the relay team had their first baton handover. After the 40 kilometer cycle route, the 10 kilometer long running course, divided into four laps, had to be mastered. This was especially exhausting for the individual starters.
Overall, it was an extremely successful competition for all four PMI-triathletes, who started with great fun and verve and finished with great times.
Company Soccer Tournament In Umkirch
Company soccer tournament “Grümpelturnier” in Umkirch - The most important thing is not winning but taking part
In an action packed company soccer competition in Umkirch, Pro Med Instruments faced seven challengers on Friday.
The Olympic ideal that taking part is everything was in the foreground at the company soccer competition, which took place in Umkirch on Friday. Pro Med Instruments was sending a fresh, young team in PMI-blue shirts into the playground. Martin Schelb, Simon Eckelt, Alexander Kuhn and Erik Worms for PMI, plus Daniel Bury, Pascal Schulz and Patrick Gebhard for Feinmechanik being involved. Enthusiastic colleagues fueled the team.
Alexander Kuhn quickly gathered the players and added the four externs Raphael, Ahmed, Marvin und Luyi. So-called “Grümpelturniere” are lightweight versions of real soccer tournaments, but gather a momentum of their own: played on a field reduced in size and with only nine minutes in length a “Grümpelturnier”-game is fast paced and over in no time.
Teams consist of only seven players who can spontaneously be replaced by substitutes during the match. „You have to reach operating temperature quite quickly“, Alexander Kuhn states. Obviously the PMI team did, as they were not even bothered by the drizzling rain. At 4.20 pm, PMI opposed the Merkur Frucht team in their first match. As the evening progressed the PMI company sports group played against six more teams of Elektro Schillinger, Uniwetec, the Riot Police, Metallbau Früh, Helio Solar and Depuy Synthes. The last team, supplied by Medical Device Company Depuy Synthes, was seen as the toughest rival by many PMI-players.
Overall PMI had to suffer five defeats, but gained two victories. That PMI did not reach the final had no impact on the overall good mood. All players and supporters enjoyed the evening in a relaxing atmosphere with a collective beer.
15 Years in the Cape
pro med instruments, Inc. a North-American distributor of the DORO® brand neurosurgical cranial stabilization and brain retractor systems manufactured by its parent company, pro med instruments, GmbH, is celebrating fifteen years in Lee County and a decade of success in Cape Coral as a medical device company.
Pro med instruments, Inc. (PMI Inc.) was founded in Lee County in January 2003 by Edgar and Dorothea Schüle as a subsidiary of pro med instruments, GmbH headquartered in the Black Forest City of Freiburg, Germany. Right from its beginning, PMI specialized in developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art cranial stabilization and brain retractor systems for neurosurgeons.
Mr. Schüle started in Alva, Lee County, FL where he focused on building his Company with intelligent and energetic people and a distribution network that spanned our nation and Canada. PMI quickly outgrew this facility and moved to an office suite in Lehigh Acres two years later.
Meanwhile back in Germany, rapid development of innovative products propelled PMI into the world of intra-operative imaging in neurosurgery. These DORO® products were quickly accepted by Neurosurgeons and once again PMI outgrew our facility and relocated to Cape Coral FL in 2008.
With the sudden death of its pioneer, Edgar Schüle in 2009, the son, Matthias E. Schüle , Head of R&D, took over as President, with the day-to- day operation managed by Sandra L. McDonald, VP & General Manager. Since that time, each year, PMI experienced double digit growth and with it came expansion and more staff. Scott Tedder took over as Sales Director in 2015. Roman Maier was appointed WW co-managing director of Sales and Operations in 2017 and today, we announce the appointment of a new General Manager, Urs Brunner who will be replacing the retiring Ms. McDonald .
“We are joyous to celebrate this important milestone in PMI’s history.” said Roman Maier, pro med instruments, GmbH Co-managing Director and Director/Vice President of pro med instruments, Inc.
“We are celebrating fifteen years in Lee County and a decade of success and growth in the Cape as a medical device company. Only 4 years ago, we doubled our space and tripled our staff and handing over the management to Mr. Urs Brunner,” said Sandra McDonald the retiring VP& General Manager.
Urs Brunner remarked that “Cape Coral is an attractive place to bring customers to and it is also a great place enjoy the work-life balance for our employees.