The History of Sarasota Medical Products

Sarasota Medical Products (SMP) is located in Sarasota FL and produces a wide range of novel medical device adhesives. We create unique formulations of hydrocolloid products and market through private label medical companies. The company was formed in 2010 and by 2018 was listed in the top 50 companies to watch in Florida. Additional recognition came in 2019 as a finalist for the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award for small businesses.

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SMP was founded by Dr. Walter F. Leise Jr. and Denis Keyes who were critical in developing the initial path of the company and providing a wealth of industry knowledge. Dr. Leise began researching better ways to provide adhesives that could be removed by stretching and breaking the bond between the dressing and the skin. The result is a hydrocolloid dressing that has created one of the most popular sales categories and is well received by customers and patients alike. The research also led to the development of adhesive products to secure and act as a gasket for stoma patients with the ability to absorb 1000% of the product’s weight in liquid.

After further research, Dr. Leise also developed a completely novel non-silver anti-bacterial dressing for wound and ostomy care. SMP’s anti-bacterial dressings have been successfully tested against:

  • MRSA
  • Staphylococcus strains
  • Escherichia strains
  • Acinetobacter strains
  • Pseudomonas strains

Anti-bacterial agents in dressings are important both to inhibit growth within the dressing and to prevent the entry of bacteria from outside the dressing. SMP’s MagicShield® hydrocolloid is very successful in eliminating bacteria within the dressing while the thermoplastic dressing cover is very good at preventing bacterial entry. FDA clearance was received in 2015, EU patent approval in 2017, and patents for Japan, USA, India, and China are received or ongoing.

For more information on Sarasota Medical Products, our novel hydrocolloid dressings, or how we can assist you with custom formulations or products please call 941-377-1451.