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A Trauma Collar You Can See Through

Sometimes it's clear: a genius of an idea just needs someone to run with it. That's the case with Clear Collar, a product dreamed up by Alan Donaldson of Winston-Salem and being developed by his son-in-law Cassmer Ward of Charlotte. Donaldson, an emergency room nurse, regularly saw injured people arrive at the hospital wearing opaque neck collars placed on them by EMTs. Nurses and doctors must move those collars to check for trauma underneath, increasing the risk of neck injury. Donaldson thought, why not make the collar clear and eliminate that risk? He made a prototype out of household plastics and got a patent. But nothing came of it until Ward jumped on it as part of his entrepreneurship project in the MBA program at Queens University of Charlotte. "Here's your chance for free consulting," Ward told his father-in-law. After graduation, Ward quit his job with a structural engineering firm to develop Clear Collar full time. The fledgling company has lined up manufacturing and distribution and now needs $1.2 million from investors. First big investor to write a check: an emergency room doctor.



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Reader Comments:
Jun 3, 2013 08:41 pm
 Posted by  Alan

As the actual inventor of the Clear Collar, I take increasing offense at the alleged notion that "nothing came of it""until Cass Ward jumped on it". To set the record straight and clarify the facts,I had spent several years attempting to submit the Clear Collar to industry, but refused to accept the terms of agreement that were offered for licensing the patent.
Cass Ward approached me and asked if he could use my patent for his class project. I agreed. I also made it very clear if any opportunity was created through his efforts, any future opportunities would be a joint venture. We agreed.
In order to fund the launch of a company, we needed investors.
The first investor, an Emergency Room Physician, was an associate of mine. I invited him to the table. Not Cass Ward.
Fast forward 3 years. The company has been mismanaged, nearly bankrupt and unable to establish sustainable sales. All the while Cass Ward sought to build his public image as a successful CEO, I successfully added another patent to the company portfolio and have yet another patent pending.
Currently, I have been laid off from Clear Collar while Cass Ward is meeting with physicians and yet has no medical experience or training. He is not the face of Clear Collar and in my eyes, never will be. I have nothing but contempt for Mr Ward and what he has done with my patents and this venture.

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