Injury Inspires Entrepreneur to Start New Business

Posted on November 28, 2011


Todd Brown was an avid athlete and a motocross rider. As a restaurant owner, he did extreme sports for leisure and to relieve the stress of his chosen career. Unfortunately, his love for motocross riding ultimately made him pay a painful price.

Brown seemed to have his life on track in his mid-20s, but all of this changed when he was injured in a motocross accident. He lost all movement from the waist down, and doctors said his chances of gaining movement were slim to none. Despite this unexpected tragedy, Brown remained optimistic and positive. He had adopted such a good attitude that he was asked to become a mentor to other people with spinal cord injuries. He gladly accepted the offer and proceeded to become a counselor to other patients.

As a confidante, Brown recognized a common problem that almost every person with a spinal cord injury experienced – finding the right supplies. Using his knowledge as an entrepreneur, he decided to start 180 Medical, which sells a wide range of sterile-use catheters, including closed system catheters, female urinary catheters, hydrophilic catheters, pediatric catheters, and other medical supplies.

Brown takes pride in the fact that 180 Medical’s customers talk to real people on the phone. 180 Medical also bills insurance companies directly, thus reducing the financial burden experienced by injured patients and their families.

Turning an accident into a million-dollar opportunity, Brown created one of the fastest-growing medical supply companies in the country. Top rehabilitation facilities use his company as a referral source because of their extensive knowledge, effective products and unmatched customer care.

With 180 Medical, Brown uses his personal experience to help others cope with disabilities. He also formed partnerships with other institutions, such as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, to donate a portion of his revenue to spinal cord injury research.

More than just an entrepreneur, Brown is also a noteworthy individual dedicated to improving the lives of others.

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