More than three decades ago, Fred Aycock was working as a pacemaker sales representative. Throughout his career as a salesman, he presented nearly 7,500 cases to prominent doctors and medical center facilitators, showcasing the benefits of the device.
After six months of using the same product for demonstrations, he noticed the quality and efficiency of pacemaker models diminished, so Fred began to replace his device twice a year before presentations. Not only did the pacemaker’s quality deteriorate after each demonstration, he also noticed that due to regular reuse and reprocessing, the efficacy of medical devices for patient use also declined.
Fred realized medical device reprocessing was cumbersome—he knew there had to be a better way. So in his very own kitchen, he cut up a few cables and made the first disposable medical device prototype. In 1992, the first 510(k) was filed for Remington’s S-101 Cable Line, and Aycock officially founded Remington Medical Inc.