Episode 114

Origin Story of the Palmaz Stent

with Dr. Julio Palmaz and Dr. Bryan Hartley

BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2021, March 8). Ep. 114 – Origin Story of the Palmaz Stent [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com/podcasts

Dr. Julio Palmaz talks with Dr. Bryan Hartley about where he got the idea for the first commercially-available vascular stent, how he developed it working in his garage, and persevered despite repeated rejections to take it to market. Don't miss this one!

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Podcast Participants

Dr. Julio Palmaz

Dr. Julio Palmaz is a doctor of vascular radiology at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is known for inventing the balloon-expandable stent.

Dr. Bryan Hartley

Host Dr. Bryan Hartley is an Interventional Radiologist and co-founder of Pulmera in Palo Alto, CA

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Show Notes

In this episode, Dr. Julio Palmaz joins Dr. Bryan Hartley to discuss the origin story of his invention, the Palmaz Stent. Dr. Palmaz tells us about how he got into IR and the difference between practicing in Argentina and the United States. We discuss how Dr. Palmaz became interested in innovation and how he got started in academia.

Dr. Palmaz talks about what inspired him to make the stent and what angioplasty looked like before he started working on the Palmaz Stent. We discuss how he began working on a prototype out of his garage, and we explain some of the challenges he faced in trying to get balloons to test out. We talk about welding and the cross points of the stent, and Dr. Palmaz tells us about the challenges of proposing his ideas to companies.

We discuss working with mentors, getting grants and investors, and approaching Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Palmaz shares some of the biggest challenges he faced during his innovation of the Palmaz Stent. He explains his newest projects and what he sees for the future of medical devices.

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