TranS1 Surgeon-Led Innovation

Surgeon-Led Innovation

TranS1 offers a full suite of research and development capabilities to support surgeons to build concepts into market viable technologies.

TranS1 Empowers Surgeons

We believe that empowering surgeons leads to breakthrough innovations.  TranS1’s product development resources are built to surgeon specifications and can be activated to support finite projects or to manage the entire development process.


Surgeon-activated research and development with an experienced team of engineers

R&D team with an extensive track record of breakthroughs, particularly in minimally invasive spine

We provide the agility to rapidly define, develop, protect, and bring innovations to market

“TranS1’s unique R&D capabilities provides surgeons like myself with the tools to develop concepts into medical breakthroughs.”

-Dr. James Manzanares, Orthopedic Surgeon

Our Research and Development Process

TranS1 surgeon-led innovation

Innovation Assessment

  • Market analysis: Is the product unique?
  • Financial viability: Can it be made at a reasonable cost?

Ideation & Concept Development

  • Iterative, creative process to solve pressing problems faced by surgeons
  • Peer-to-peer review and advice by world-class spine surgeons

Intellectual Property Execution

  • Build and execute strategy to maximize opportunities for patent protection
  • Construct robust patent action plan for concept

Prototype Testing & Product Development

  • Product development and testing in controlled environment
  • Harness TranS1 relationships to complete comprehensive testing – CAD modeling, 3D printing, etc.


  • Attract capital and financing to produce and market concepts
  • Navigate FDA clearances and ongoing compliance


  • Rollout Strategy: Evaluate vendors, negotiate pricing, support logistics and distribution
  • Marketing & Sales Execution: Leverage TranS1 marketing and sales network or establish new enterprise to market and distribute finished concept

TranS1’s Partnerships

Rocky Mountain Patent is a Denver patent law firm that helps inventors, startups, and entrepreneurs transform their ideas into marketable assets.

The Quandary Group is a team of strategists, doers, investors and imagineers transforming concepts into amazing companies in Colorado.

Medical device manufacturing experts dedicated to excellence, integrity, and solving complex problems for our clients.

Colorado School of Mines is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science.

The Colorado Bioscience Association supports the regional bioscience community through advocacy, resources and advancement of opportunities for collaboration.

Millstone Medical is a leading provider of post-manufacturing services, quality critical inspection, sterile and non-sterile packaging, and finished goods distribution.

Orthokinetic Technologies LLC provides regulatory and test strategies, protocol development, risk assessment, performance and failure analyses, and product management

Mountain Manufacturing Inc. offers a full range of machining and fabricating capabilities for enhanced product design, prototyping, manufacturing, assembly, and production.

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