The Lonnie Brace

Dr. Stephen Martino is Board Certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Dr. Martino invented The Lonnie Brace out of necessity. As a physician, he had been plagued by injuries to the ulnar nerve at the elbows for years, resulting in tendinitis and eventually Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.

Irritation of the ulnar nerve tends to be exacerbated during sleep, while sitting at a desk or throwing a ball. Recovery is often slow, sometimes never occurring, due to the fact that, during sleep or while sat at a desk, the elbows come into contact with the bed, desk or armrest, which inhibits the nerves from properly healing. Unfortunately, there are no good treatment options for the condition - medications often prove ineffective, while surgery is a poor option. There are braces available on the market to treat the problem, however most are cumbersome, difficult to use and uncomfortable, which in turn reduces patient compliance.

As a result, Dr. Martino designed The Lonnie Brace to provide a superior and effective alternative to current treatment options. Specifically contoured, comfortable, and easy to use, the brace effectively helps alleviate symptoms and promotes healing. The Lonnie Brace has been utilized effectively to treat tendinitis at the elbow and other injuries plaguing the elbow area. Its design makes it easy and comfortable to wear day and night - the Lonnie Brace may be an answer to your elbow problems!

Dr. Martino approached the Lab through the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, whose members enjoy access to the Lab and its commercialization services. The Lab immediately recognized the potential of the Lonnie Brace – over 62,000 people are diagnosed with Cubital Tunnel Syndrome every year in the USA, with the number of people suffering tendinitis at the elbow approaching 750,000. We are prosecuting two US patent applications (US 15/657191and US15/680121) protecting unique features of the brace.

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Inspiration

Dr. Martino spent many years in extensive training at world class institutions. He was plagued by injuries to his ulnar nerve and was disappointed that the braces and treatments available on the market did not provide sought-after comfort, relief and healing.  He therefore designed and launched the Lonnie Brace, with the following benefits:

  • Designed to cushion elbow area
  • Isolates point of injury from contact with brace and other surfaces
  • Displaces pressure and friction away from the ulnar nerve
  • Allows the point of injury time to heal, decompress and prevents
    further injuries from occurring
  • Comfortable and easy to use

Market Opportunity

Over 62,000 people are diagnosed with Cubital Tunnel Syndrome every year in the USA, with the number of people suffering tendinitis at the elbow approaching 750,000.  The Lonnie Brace is available for consumer purchase (click here). The product is also available to healthcare providers from Innovation Lab and is registered for reimbursement under L-code 3762 – please contact us for more information.

About the Innovator

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Dr. Stephen Martino graduated medical school from The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He went on to the University of Maryland Hospital to complete his Neurology Residency and received further fellowship and advanced training in Neurophysiology and Stroke Neurology. He is Board Certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Dr. Martino is the Meridian-Wide Stroke Director for the Hackensack-Meridian System, co-physician chair of the Meridian Neurosciences Research Department, and Director of the Carotid Stent Committee. Dr. Martino is currently conducting research in the fields of Stroke and Dementia. He is also a speaker at both National and Local Conferences on the topics of stroke and concussion.

Not only is Dr. Martino a Board-certified Neurologist, he is also an Amazon best-selling author, who has written the fast-paced and politically-relevant Alex Pella novel series, which include The New Reality, and The Hidden Reality, and The Final Reality.

Martino lives in New Jersey with his wife, five children, and dog. When not working, he can be found with his kids at Boy Scouts, playing LEGOs on the floor, at a soccer game or watching a school play or dance recital.

For more information...

Please contact Wendy Ross, Executive Director, IP and Market Strategy via phone at (804) 593-5087 or email wendy.ross@ii4change.com.

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