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Pulmera’s Journey From Concept to Clinical Impact

with Dr. Bryan Hartley

In this episode, host Dr. Bryan Hartley takes us on a deep dive into the origin story and mission of Pulmera, a medtech company dedicated to transforming the field of bronchoscopic lung cancer diagnosis by retrofitting existing fluoroscopy machines into cone beam CT-like scanners. Dr. Hartley is a vascular and interventional radiologist and co-founded Pulmera, alongside interventional pulmonologist Dr. Harmeet Bedi at Stanford.

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Dr. Bryan Hartley discusses Pulmera’s Journey From Concept to Clinical Impact on the BackTable 437 Podcast

Dr. Bryan Hartley

Dr. Bryan Hartley is a practicing radiologist, host of the BackTable Innovation series, and co-founder of Pulmera in Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Aaron Fritts discusses Pulmera’s Journey From Concept to Clinical Impact on the BackTable 437 Podcast

Dr. Aaron Fritts

Dr. Aaron Fritts is a Co-Founder of BackTable and a practicing interventional radiologist in Dallas, Texas.


Pulmera is developing a novel approach to enhance physicians’ ability to diagnose lung nodules accurately through innovative technology. Dr. Hartley shares insights into the challenges of existing diagnostic methods, the inspiration behind Pulmera, and the technology’s potential to combine the best of 3D imaging and endoscopy techniques. Dr. Hartley discusses the benefits for both patients and physicians, such as improved diagnostic yields and patient outcomes, and introduces an investment opportunity for the BackTable community to be part of this revolutionary project. The episode also explores the broader implications of this technology across various medical specialties beyond pulmonology.


00:00 - Introduction
02:18 - Personal Journey: From Vanderbilt to Stanford Biodesign
06:11 - Pulmera’s Mission: Enhancing Diagnostic Accuracy in Lung Biopsies
15:02 - Introducing a Game-Changing Technology for Bronchoscopic Procedures
22:09 - Challenges and Breakthroughs in Portable CT Imaging
27:44 - Economic Impact of Enhanced Diagnostic Procedures
29:48 - Building a Team and Securing Funding for Innovation
31:30 - Understanding Investment Opportunities and Equity Financing


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