Photo courtesy of RF Surgical Systems Inc.
Tiny radio frequency tags are sewn into the corner of surgical sponges and can be detected with a wand, ensuring that none are left inside surgery patients.

Photo courtesy of RF Surgical Systems Inc. Tiny radio frequency tags are sewn into the corner of surgical sponges and can be detected with a wand, ensuring that none are left inside surgery patients.

RF SURGICAL SYSTEMS INC.

CEO: Kevin Cosens.

Revenue: Undisclosed.

No. of local employees: 10, with 55 employees in all.

Investors: Split Rock Partners, Menlo Ventures, Stanford University, the founders.

Headquarters: Bellevue, Wash., with research and development in San Diego.

Year founded: 2004.

What makes the company innovative: Offers a fast, new way to detect a foreign object left in the body during surgery.

Key factors for success: Patent portfolio, technical expertise, ability to increase market share, access to the surgical channel.

Bill Blair recalled sitting at a table at a Greenwich Village eatery as his surgeon friend laid out a work-related challenge...

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