Ophthalmic Instruments

Gregg Scheller Named "Inventor of the Year!"

June 19, 2015

Gregg Scheller, CEO of both Katalyst Surgical and Kogent Surgical, has been named the 2015 Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis "Inventor of the Year." This prestigious award recognizes the efforts of Mr. Scheller and his product development team, in advancing the state of the art in both Ophthalmic and Neuro Surgery over the past several years. Mr. Scheller has been innovating and developing revolutionary products in ophthalmic surgery since 1982, and in Neurosurgery since 2003, and he has formed four companies to sell his inventions.

After inventing the disposable endoilluminator in 1985, he started his first company which grew to $4+ million by 1990. In 1992, Mr. Scheller started his second company in his garage, Synergetics Inc., and it grew dramatically for 17 years. During this time, Mr. Scheller created at least 35 patentable products and built this company to a $55+ Million, multinational public corporation. Following his departure in 2008, he founded both Katalyst Surgical (Ophthalmology in 2010) and Kogent Surgical.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Scheller has accumulated a total of 130 patents and applications. This trend has accelerated since the inception of Katalyst and Kogent with a total of 79 patents and applications, with 30 filed over the past year. Mr. Scheller wishes to acknowledge the efforts and support of the engineers and intellectual property professionals close to him, notably Kevin Rollins, and also Rudy Telscher and Joseph Walsh at Harness, Dickey & Pierce for their nomination.