Spencer Jones, a medical surgical RN, was a nursing student when the idea hit him. A clinical instructor directed him to draw blood from a patient, and he asked if he could take it from the existing IV site. But he was told no, and this got him thinking. He considered the growing number of diabetic patients who need blood drawn multiple times a day. It seemed barbaric. He thought there must be a better way. And so his journey started to develop the Bifurcated Venous Access Device or BVAD. It’s an award-winning IV catheter with two ports to allow for clean blood draws from patients while also receiving IV fluids.
Fast forward to when he found out he won the ARK Challenge. He dropped down and put his hands to his face. He couldn’t believe it. He already felt like he won when he was selected to compete in the 3 1/2-month-long challenge. “It was just a huge blessing,” he said. As the winner, he received a $150,000 investment opportunity and is using the money for licensing and technology improvements of the BVAD. He hopes to seek FDA approval for the device in two months and expects to receive approval within six to nine months. “Speed to market is a huge deal,” he said.
Spencer is founder and CEO of Jones Innovative Medical Solutions. In 2013, he graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He’s a medical surgical nurse at CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock. Thank you Spencer for your innovative spirit and drive to make life better for everyone. You are a true inspiration.