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Instrument Engineering
Physical therapist's invention gets 'Top Dog' treatment
Physical therapist's invention gets 'Top Dog' treatment

Last year, Akiva Schmidman came to a crossroads. He had invented a product, developed a prototype and hired a lawyer to patent it. He had tried to market it himself and had limited success. Schmidman was either going to give up his dream or find another route to the potential pot of gold. "I had to decide if I would manufacture it myself or license it to someone," Schmidman, a Pikesville resident, said of his product, a medical device for lower back pain he calls the BeActive Brace. Schmidman, 35-years old, is a physical therapist with his own private practice. "It's hard to take a product to mass market. I didn't have the capability or the money," said...