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Dr. Larry Miller attends to a patient with the EZ-IO device.
By W. Scott Bailey, San Antonio Business Journal
Dr. Larry Miller is the newest recipient of BioMed SA's Julio Palmaz Award.
Miller is the founder of Vidacare Corp., a San Antonio-based medical device company.
This is the seventh year that BioMed SA has handed out the award honoring innovation in health care and the biosciences.
Miller's peers say he is an accomplished pioneer, inventor, physician and entrepreneur who has been recognized globally. His contributions to medicine include breakthroughs in the use of intraosseous (through-the-bone) vascular access, including the development of the EZ-IO Intraosseous Infusion System, which has revolutionized the way first responders and clinicians perform necessary medical procedures.
Miller has turned heads with his passion to care for people in need wherever they are.
"...We were impressed by his philanthropic efforts to save lives during Haiti's deadly cholera outbreak two years ago by personally delivering medical equipment and training medical personnel to use intraosseous access," says Dr. Steven A. Davis, the 2012 Palmaz Committee Chair.
"It's a great acknowledgement of Miller and the Vidacare team," says the company's president and CEO, Mark Mellin, about the award.
"I never could have done this alone," says Miller. "My secret to success has been to surround myself with people who are smarter than I am and who are highly motivated.
"You have to be generous and persistent, and you have to always look to do the right thing for the right reason," he continues. "If you do that, you will be rewarded."
Miller is particularly proud of the work he and his company have done in the intraosseous space.
"I spent the first part of my career saving lives one at a time," he explains. "With this (EZ-IO) device, I've been able to save thousands of lives. For me, it's been an amazing journey - far greater than I ever imagined."
Miller will accept the award at BioMed SA's annual Palmaz Award dinner on Sept. 20 at The Vistas at Valero in San Antonio.