Wednesday, 5 September 2012

National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness

September is National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. This national observance is intended to increase awareness of gynecologic cancers, thus enabling early detection, appropriate treatment, and a greater chance for recovery. The five major gynecologic cancers are cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar.

CRI manufactures a variety of products used in the diagnosis and treatment of Gynecological Cancers, distributed by their OB/GYN division, Thomas Medical, Inc. Products include:

Products are available at

Monday, 27 August 2012

CRI Participates in Purdue School of Engineering & Technology’s POWER Camp

Catheter Research Inc. (CRI) enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology’s 7th annual POWER (Preparing Outstanding Women for Engineering Roles) camp at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis. The one-week camp serves as introduction to engineering for young women in high school. Participants engage in hands-on activities, industry visits, and roundtable discussions with female engineering professionals. 
Shannon Parker, a recent graduate of Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and Biomedical Manufacturing Engineer at Catheter Research Inc, participated in this year’s roundtable discussion. Shannon provided insight into her college experience and her now day-to-day life as an engineer at CRI, a market leader in medical device manufacturing and development.
POWER camp strives to inspire young ladies to pursue careers in engineering. This year, camp participants traveled from Puerto Rico, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois, and various parts of Indiana.  Perception survey results indicated that all camp participants agree it would be fun to work in an engineering related job, and that women are as successful as men in engineering careers. 

Friday, 17 August 2012

Thomas Medical, Inc Exhibit at ASRM Annual Meeting Oct 22-24th, San Diego

Thomas Medical, Inc. will exhibit at the ASRM Annual Meeting October 22-24, 2012. Please visit Booth # 219 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA to see our line of disposable OBGYN medical devices and high quality German Stainless Steel Instruments. New products including the IUI Catheter, Pipelle De Cornier® and Pipelle De Cornier® Mark II, and Welch Allen Kleenspec® Disposable Specula will be available.  

2012 CRI School Supply Drive

CRI employees participated in the fourth annual school supply drive and provided backpacks to all employees with school-aged children. Team leaders from support departments including Sales/Marketing, Accounting, Operations, and Engineering encouraged their teams to purchase school supplies.  In total 110 backpacks were filled and distributed in time for the new school year. 

Friday, 3 August 2012

Catheter Research, Inc. (dba Thomas Medical, Inc.) Honored as One of the 2012 Indiana Companies to Watch

(Indianapolis) – Catheter Research, Inc. has been recognized as one of the 2012 Indiana Companies to Watch, an awards program presented by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, its Small Business Development Center and the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Twenty-five companies from Indiana will be honored as outstanding second-stage companies during the fifth annual Indiana Companies to Watch awards program, held on August 23 in Indianapolis.

Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates Indiana’s privately held second-stage companies, typically those businesses that are past the startup phase, are considered to be established, and face issues of growth, not survival.

Companies honored range in industries and have headquarters based in 13 counties throughout the state. Among the 25 honored companies in 2012 is Catheter Research, Inc.

About Catheter Research, Inc.

Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, Catheter Research, Inc. (CRI) is a market leader in medical device manufacturing, contract development, and product life cycle management. CRI specializes in catheter design /assembly, medical tubing /extrusion, and OBGYN Disposables. CRI provides excellence in project management, lean manufacturing techniques, supply chain controls, and regulatory compliance. CRI’s quality system has been designed to tailor processes to meet the diverse requirements of customers, in an ever changing regulatory and economic environment. CRI is an ISO 13485 certified manufacturer and FDA Registered.

CRI is the parent company of Thomas Medical, a distributor of OBGYN Products and Surgical Instruments. CRI/Thomas Medical is 100% owned by a workforce of 120+ employees who participate in the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).

About Indiana Companies to Watch
Companies to Watch firms must employ between six and 150 full-time equivalent employees, have between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue or working capital in place, and demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage or other notable strengths.

This year the program attracted more than 160 nominees and applicants. From that pool, 63 finalists were selected, and 25 companies emerged to become the 2012 class of Indiana Companies to Watch.

This awards program is unique because of its focus on second-stage companies. The impact of these companies on Indiana’s economy is tangible. During 2007-2009 Indiana’s resident companies averaged more than 32,000 second-stage establishments according to, an online resource of the Edward Lowe Foundation. Those second-stage companies employed an average of more than 773,000 workers during the period of 2007-2009.

Looking at the contributions of these companies from a different perspective, from 2007-2009 only 9.2 percent of Indiana’s resident establishments were in the second-stage category, however, they generated 37.2 percent of jobs in the state.

This program would not be possible without the generous support of Barnes & Thornburg LLP as well as Premier Capital Corporation, Katz, Sapper & Miller, KeyBank, Miles Printing and Purdue University. The program is also supported by Ivy Tech Corporate College and media sponsors BizVoice magazine, Inside Indiana Business and Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly.

About the program presenters:
The state of Indiana’s lead economic development agency, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation oversees Indiana’s statewide business attraction and development efforts, coordinates state programs, and incentives for companies looking to grow in Indiana, and provides assistance and funding to Indiana entrepreneurs and high-tech start-ups.

The Indiana Small Business Development Center Network offers free and low-cost strategic assistance for growth oriented entrepreneurs and businesses with less than 500 employees. Funded in part by the federal and state government, the ISBDC is focused on growing the economy through small businesses.

The Edward Lowe Foundation inspired the creation of the Companies to Watch program to celebrate second-stage entrepreneurs and their companies. Established in 1985, the Edward Lowe Foundation is a Michigan-based nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship through recognition, education and research with a focus on second-stage companies—those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth. The foundation also encourages economic gardening, an entrepreneur-centered strategy providing balance to the traditional approach of business recruitment.
Thomas Medical:

New Products now available at

Thomas Medical Inc., a division of CRI (Catheter Research, Inc.) is a manufacturer of disposable medical devicesand accessories and a distributor of quality OB/GYN surgical instruments and other OB/GYN Products.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Thomas Medical Inc., a division of CRI (Catheter Research, Inc.) is a manufacturer of disposable medical devices and accessories and a distributor of quality OB/GYN surgical instruments and other OB/GYN Products. For years, Thomas Medical Inc. has been leading the industry with high quality German Stainless Steel Surgical Instruments, specializing in female reproductive health while offering a wide variety of other surgical instruments. Most of the disposable medical products are manufactured in-house, including Uterine Manipulators, Uterine Manipulator Injectors, HS Catheters (both 5Fr and 7Fr) and Endometrial Samplers, to ensure medical products that are made to the highest standards in the industry. Thomas Medical, Inc. is FDA registered and ISO certified with an active Quality Assurance Department that is always focused on patient safety as their number one priority.

The Thomas Promise
1.    High Quality at Reasonable Prices
2.    Prompt and Courteous Service
3.    Satisfaction Guaranteed
4.    New Physician Invented Products

Our disposable OB/GYN products are manufactured by Catheter Research, Inc., our parent company and leading midwest medical device manucturer, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our OBGYN Disposables are manufactured in accordance with the FDA QSR 21 CFR Part 820 and ISO13485:2003 requirements. We have also have CE and CAMCAS Certifications for marketing and distributing our products outside of the U.S.

The products that we have are as follows:

SHG Catheter / HS Catheter
These products, called HS Catheters / HSG Catheters / SHG Catheters, are used interchangeably for the x-ray procedure Hysterosalpingography or the ultrasound procedure Sonohysterography. The HS Catheters and HSG Catheters are balloon catheters designed to seal the uterus during injection and provide a clear picture of the uterine cavity, with minimal obstruction of the internal os. 

Uterine Manipulator and UMI
Uterine manipulators and Uterine Manipulator Injectors are essential in some procedures in gynecological laparoscopy. We have available in our stock various types and sizes of Uterine manipulators and Uterine Manipulator Injectors. 

Uterine Sound
Uterine Sounds are made of malleable plastic with centimeter gradations for
accurate measurement of uterine cavity. We have Sims and Simspons Dilators and Sounds available. 

Our selection of Retractors come in many different styles, shapes and sizes. We carry self retaining retractors in a variety of sizes and styles which will hold themselves open without any outside assistance. We also carry many hand held retractors as well.

Our German Stainless Steel Dilators come in a large variety of styles and sizes for any doctors office or hospitals needs. We have our Single Ended, Double Ended, Disposable and the Teflon Dilators which can be reused. Please search our large selection to meet your needs.

We have German Stainless Steel Curettes in a variety of styles and sizes for tissue samples or of the Endometrial lining. Our disposable version, the Sampler, is also available.

Our Laparoscopic Tenaculums are designed for use specifically with the J&J Gynecare X-TRACT Tissue Morcellator machine for laparoscopies.