Initial Patent Application: January 21, 2010

  --I originally referred to my idea as the "J Loop" instead of BetterIV--


Merwyn Business Assessment (Eureka! Institute) October 24, 2010; Score of 57 (average is 29) 
This is an assessment of the J Loop catheter idea by a think tank at the Eureka! Ranch ( I was inspired to continue my work by this and encouragement by other entrepreneurs who I met during this process.


Overall Winner of LaunchPadSC business idea competition November 2010
This was an entrepreneurial contest in Greenville, SC put on by Clemson University’s Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. J Loop Superior IV Catheter won out of 25 other contestants. The winnings included $2,500 as well as the creation of this website.


International Patent Search clearance September 2011
This verified that there is no patent or product like J Loop documented anywhere in the world

J Loop Superior IV Catheter was presented at the SCBIO Conference Creating Wow! (
In Charleston, SC on November 9, 2011. It was quite an honor for me to be a part of a gathering of great lifesciences companies that are on the rise in South Carolina.

Overall winner of the Perfect Pitch contest put on by the Charleston Chamber of Commerce in November of 2011.  See the article from the Post and Courier below:

Doctor's invention dazzles judges

By Warren Wise

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ron Fulbright of Spartanburg devised a roadway reflector that he said cannot be damaged by snow plows or road-clearing equipment.

Dan Blalock of Summerville developed a waterproof brick capable of withstanding winds up to 240 mph and offering great insulation to save on energy costs.

And Jerome Pearson of Mount Pleasant invented a 220-pound, solar-powered spacecraft to remove space debris and service satellites without returning to earth.

Those were a few of the novel ideas for new products laid out Thursday during the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's Perfect Pitch contest for a $5,000 prize plus amenities.

But it was an idea pitched by Dr. Jimmy Rawls of Folly Beach that wowed the panel of five judges and landed him the top prize.

As an anesthesiologist for 15 years, he said it constantly nagged at him that the current intravenous lines being used are not very pliable and sometimes kink up, which can result in blood clots, infection and needless needle punctures when a new IV line has to be installed.

The Roper Hospital doctor likened his invention of a new flexible catheter for IV access to a straw that bends. He calls it the J Loop.

"It's amazing no one has thought of this before," he said.

Rawls said 50 percent of catheters fail in the first 48 hours, and hospitals spend $1.4 billion every year because of failed IVs. He said the device could save medical facilities money on materials, labor and litigation, and will lead to "less holes in the body."

Rawls has spent about $15,000 so far and a patent is pending, but he is looking for someone to help him manufacture the device, shepherd it through clinical testing and bring it to market. As part of his reward, he also picked up free entrepreneurial training and a dream team of mentors provided by the chamber.

He plans to use the $5,000 to buy more materials, but the money can be used for anything, said Laura Williams, the chamber's small-business director.

"I am just happy by being here," Rawls said, referring to his making it to the finalists after 40 entries were whittled down to 10, then five, then him. "Winning was just icing on the cake."

The winner's idea was selected based on overall viability, innovation/vision and profit/revenue potential.

The four runners-up and winners of $1,000 each were: Blalock, for his waterproof bricks; Louise Hodges of Beaufort, for a mechanism to apply an all-natural pest-control solution to new and existing irrigation systems; James S. Norris of Mount Pleasant, for a cancer drug; and Pearson, for his spacecraft device.

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Proof of concept prototype created by bioengineer Frank Patterson and bench tested May 2012

Infusion Nurses Society and Industrial Exposition in Charlotte, NC May 2013

Dr. Rawls travelled to the Infusion Nurses Society Conference and Industrial Expo in Charlotte, NC May 20-23 to show off the current prototype and gauge interest from clinical professionals and industry experts.The idea's reception was nothing short of spectacular! Over and over both infusion nurses and others had the "ah-ha" moment when they watched the video and saw the prototype in action. We made a lot of great connections at the conference and are inspired to continue on towards commercialization of the device!