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CathWear attends Nurse Shark Tank at Northeastern University

 

Nurse SharkTank is an event designed to bring Nurse Entrepreneurs, for an evening where they can display their product and pitch a team of investors for funding their idea or company. The event is designed to support young Nurse or Healthcare Entrepreneurs looking for an event to gain traction and support for their idea and venture.

At Nurse SharkTank entrepreneurs gather for an evening of pitching products to a team of investors for funding. Essentially the goal is to support young nurses and healthcare entrepreneurs trying to grow their ideas and products!

CathWear successfully presented their groundbreaking medical underwear for leg bags at the 2018 NurseSharkTank at Northeastern University.

 

CathWear CEO meets with Massachusetts State Representative

 

Andres “Andy” Vargas is a State Representative who represents the 3rd Essex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He represents the town of Haverhill. Vargas serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, Joint Committee on Education, Joint Committee on Public Health, and the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

CathWear CEO, Brian Mohika, had the pleasure of meeting with Massachusetts State Representative Andres X. Vargas to discuss how CathWear can improve the community while creating jobs in the local market. They were both convinced the Merrimack Valley is a hub for entrepreneurial success!

“Success is better achieved as a community.”

CathWear meets with State Directors of Veteran’s Affairs

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is a federal Cabinet-level agency that provides near-comprehensive healthcare services to eligible military veterans at VA medical centers and outpatient

This year’s National Association of State Directors of Veteran’s Affairs was held in Downtown Boston.

After presenting our patented and groundbreaking medical underwear to State Directors of Veteran’s Affairs, we received multiple request to provide their facilities with our product. CathWear will be visiting U.S. Veteran facilities across the country and distributing much needed samples to the many veterans that served the greatest military on earth.

CathWear CEO, Brian Mohika, had the pleasure of meeting with Massachusetts State Representative Andres X. Vargas to discuss how CathWear can improve the community while creating jobs in the local market. They were both convinced the Merrimack Valley is a hub for entrepreneurial success!

“Success is better achieved as a community.”

 

Brian Mohika inventor of medical underwear

The Eagle-Tribune is a seven-day morning daily newspaper covering the Merrimack Valley and Essex County, Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire. 

Brian Mohika, an Air Force veteran and registered nurse, had an inspiration.

While taking care of patients recovering from operations on their kidneys or livers, he noticed that the bags they had to wear to collect fluid from those organs would slide up and down their legs, causing discomfort.

It occurred to him that if the bag were contained in a pocket, that would eliminate the sliding, discomfort and rashes. So Mohika invented a type of medical underwear that’s equipped with a pocket designed to hold a fluid bag.

Mohika obtained a patent for his invention and established a company called CathWear. He now plans to manufacture this new brand of medical underwear.

“This will provide jobs for Lawrence people,” he said during a recent interview. Mohika is not quite ready to mass-produce his product, he said.

He needs to establish a market for the apparel and secure financing. His longtime friend, Edwin Alvarez, is his business partner and chief financial officer for CathWear.

NECC Alumnus and Students Collaborate with CathWear

Northern Essex Community College (NECC) is a public community college in Essex County, Massachusetts. The college serves residents of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. It has campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence.

Mohika, a 2006 graduate of NECC’s Radiologic Technology program, who went on to earn a bachelor’s in nursing from UMass Lowell, is the inventor of CathWear, the custom, unisex underwear that resembles boxer briefs with pockets on each thigh to hold catheter bags as well as a catheter channel tract to hold the accompanying medical tubes that will prevent inadvertent pulling. The briefs are washable, reusable, and available in a variety of sizes.

“CathWear restores dignity and privacy during treatment and recovery while improving the quality of life of the patients, who because of various medical conditions and surgical procedures, have to wear leg bags daily to work or school,” said the Bradford resident, who currently works for Home Health VNA. “It removes the unsanitary, Velcro straps that slide down your leg when they become loose or cuts off circulation when they are too tight. It helps avoid embarrassing moments as well as skin irritations and reduces infection.”

CathWear Featured in the Urology Times

A magazine reporting on current clinical and non-clinical news of interest to urologists in patient care practice. Editorial includes coverage of major meetings worldwide and interviews with researching physicians. Published monthly.

A Massachusetts-based inventor has developed an undergarment that replaces the leg straps from catheter bags. The Drainage Bag Partner can be fastened to boxer shorts or spandex underwear and allows for a normal feel of using the bathroom, according to the inventor.