2013 Innovation Awards – Rising Star – Checkpoint Surgical

Len Cosentino

President and CEO

Checkpoint Surgical


The team at Checkpoint Surgical knew there had to be a better way. The options available for nerve stimulation were either outdated or complicated and time-consuming to use.

So under the leadership of Len Cosentino, the company’s president and CEO, a world-class team of surgeons and biomedical engineers set out to create a new device. This device would help surgeons locate, identify and evaluate motor nerve tissue and muscle functions, ultimately enabling surgeons to make important surgical decisions with increased confidence.

The Checkpoint Stimulator/Locator is a state-of-the-art, handheld and intra-operative nerve and muscle stimulator. It is now used at more than 100 hospitals across the U.S., and that number is growing daily. It also has a reorder rate of 95 percent.

At first, the product was targeted for upper-extremity orthopedic surgeons, but it is now being used for orthopedic trauma; orthopedic lower, head and neck; plastics; neurologists; and hand surgeons. Oral surgeons have also found a use for the device, and sales have doubled in each of the past two years.

Awareness of the product is spreading around the world as it has been adopted in Australia, South Africa, Canada and soon Kuwait. It was also featured during a live surgical web presentation in Paris, generating new awareness in Europe.

One of the keys to its success is the fact that it is simple to use and doesn’t require a lot of training in order to become familiar with the device. This saves time and helps procedures go more smoothly.


How to reach: Checkpoint Surgical, (216) 378-9107 or www.checkpointsurgical.com