His idea to reprocess used medical devices is already helping reduce waste in the New Zealand healthcare sector. Now Oliver Hunt of Medsalv discusses plans for the future and what’s needed for a small business to hum.

In healthcare, the need for sanitation and sterility has dictated a throwaway culture, where millions of single-use devices – including expensive items worth hundreds of dollars – are disposed of every year. Canterbury start-up Medsalv has made a business out of recovering those devices, cleaning and reprocessing them to industry standards and sending them back into the healthcare system to be reused.

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Oliver Hunt is Medsalv’s founder. With the heart of a doctor and the brain of an engineer, the 25-year-old stumbled on the idea to reprocess used medical equipment way back in 2017 while searching for a master’s project at the University of Canterbury.

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