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April 1, 2024 Startups, Technology & Innovation

Northeast Scientific’s pivot into the pacemaker market is an altruistic endeavor

HBJ PHOTO | STEVE LASCHEVER Northeast Scientific CEO Craig Allmendinger holds a recycled pacemaker.

While Northeast Scientific’s main focus is the catheter business, it has branched out to another medical device segment for altruistic purposes.

For the past seven years, the Waterbury-based company has worked with the University of Michigan and various charitable groups to recycle pacemakers donated by families, funeral homes and hospitals for use in poorer countries.

Working free of charge, Northeast Scientific has recycled thousands of pacemakers that have ended up inside patients in Sierra Leone, Venezuela, Haiti, Nigeria and elsewhere. Northeast Scientific CEO Craig Allmendinger said the company moves 600 to 700 pacemakers a year.

Using company resources, Northeast Scientific Project Manager Chris Gilman prepares pacemakers during company time and off hours, occasionally enlisting other staff to help.

“It feels good to do it because you know you are changing someone’s life,” Allmendinger said.

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