Actuated Medical Creates Products to Improve Patient Outcomes


Actuated Medical is a company that develops patented medical devices and is led by President and CEO Maureen L. Mulvihill, Ph.D. The idea for Mulvihill’s business came in 2006, when she was talking to a doctor who said, “I have a clinical need. I have 6 hours to get to a blood clot or my patient will have irreparable brain damage. I need a solution.” Mulvihill saw a market need for an agile small business that had actuation (electronically controlled motion) expertise. Actuated Medical, Inc. (AMI) was born with a mission to integrate motion into medical devices to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.

The company’s three primary products are Occlusion Clearing Systems: Tools that use mechanical motion to restore patency of tubes in the patient such as their TubeClear® system for clearing clogged nasoenteral, nasogastric, gastrostomy, and jejunostomy feeding and decompression tubes; Controlled Tissue Penetration Systems: Tools that use low–force, electronically controlled motion to enable smooth insertion of sharps such as their GentleSharp™ system for serial blood sampling procedures; and MRI Compatible Systems: Tools that allow operation of equipment in or near an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system such as their line of Direct Drive Piezoelectric Ultrasonic Motors.

The company’s first TubeClear® system patient was a 27-year-old soldier at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center who was injured fighting for his country.

In 2015, Mulvihill became a Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business alumna and received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the CBICC.