Vikram Butani said he’s still searching for new ways to make surgeons’ jobs easier while his business continues to pile up successes.
“This is a passion, and the team that we have is a small but a passionate team,” said the founder and CEO of Kubtec Medical Imaging, which has seen a surge of recognition since relocating to 111 Research Drive from Milford three years ago.
The Stratford company was recently named “Innovator of the Month” by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., largely due to its Mozart system, which allows doctors to take 3-D mammogram images within seconds right in the operating room, instead of relying on a 2-D scan that does not show how deep a cancerous tumor may go.
“Giving surgeons the tools they need to perform more precise procedures allows patients to have a better peace of mind,” Murphy said in a press release. “Kubtec’s products are being recognized all around the world, and I’m looking forward to watching them continue to grow.”
The product has capitalized on the growing need among U.S. surgeons looking to improve efficiency while performing lumpectomies on breast cancer patients. According to national reports, 20 percent of breast cancer cases on average require a second procedure known as re-excision to remove lingering cancer cells.
Kubtec’s Mozart system was meant to reduce the need for a second surgery, according to Butani.
“This is kind of like a dirty little secret that no one talks about,” Butani said. “Now, the way medical care is going, hospitals can charge twice for the same procedure, and it is really frowned upon by patients, hospitals and everybody involved.”
Butani said the company is looking for ways to update Mozart, including adding augmented reality features and additional applications for outside of the operation room.
Butani said his company’s pursuit of new product offerings has led Kubtec to outgrow two facilities in the past three years, exceeding his expectations for the company since he and his wife, Preeti, launched it in 2005.
“When I started the company, I was out of (a) job and didn’t know if I would find another job,” he said, adding the company has come a long way since he and his wife were selling digital imaging products out of their home in Fairfield.
While a 2018 blaze displaced the company for the past year, Butani said the forced change has only presented another opportunity for growth.
“The silver lining was that we would’ve outgrown the old building quickly,” he said. “Now we have a blank slate, so we’ve decided to build twice the size and organize the space exactly to our needs.”
Butani said he expects the company to move back into its Research Drive location in the Spring 2020.