Herb Schwartz Talks the Long Road to U.S. Commercialization
Heather Tunstall, OrthoWorld
Herb Schwartz, Ph.D., started his working career in aerospace as a design engineer for a jet engine company. After completing his graduate degrees in biochemical engineering, he took his engineering chops and his innate drive and shifted to orthopedics, where he initially focused on soft tissue repair and regeneration in an orthobiologics research department.
After a number of years in a research environment, he decided to venture out and start his own company, Schwartz Biomedical.
“During my journey with Schwartz Biomedical, I came across a unique material technology, now called BioPoly, that was in a lab at Colorado State University struggling to get the attention of the industry,” Dr. Schwartz said. “With the help of my engineering and scientist team (and a grant from the State of Indiana), we decided to bring BioPoly in-house to see what we could do with it.”
It took time, focus and persistence to reach regulatory clearance in the U.S., but Dr. Schwartz knew he had a revolutionary product. We talked with him to learn about his career, his insights and the path to 510(k).