Jack-up toilet seat company seeks space in Milford

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MILFORD — Jeremy Bronen and Tim Krupski have entered the world of small business, and the results have proven beneficial for seniors and people with disabilities.

The duo, founders of SedMed, have developed a self-elevating toilet seat, with the aim of keeping elderly and disabled people safe and independent. The company was established in the spring of 2020 and Milford resident Bronen said the couple hope to find a local space to showcase their operation.

“SedMed started because my co-founder Tim lived with a close family friend, whom he affectionately called Grandma Grace,” Bronen said. “While he was in high school, she suffered a stroke and ended up in a wheelchair, and he watched her struggle around the house, up and down from the surface, and they hired a carer .”

The experience Krupski had with Grandma Grace gave him the inspiration to design and develop a self-raising toilet seat.


“The product is a toilet lift,” Bronen said. “It mounts on toilets without electricity and helps people get on and off toilets for safety, independence and to reduce costs for healthcare facilities.”

Bronen and Krupksi are both mechanical engineers and graduates of UConn, where they met and launched their partnership.

“He had been working on the idea for about 10 years,” Bronen said. “He sponsored my senior design project at UConn, and that’s how I met him.”

Bronen said his Krupski-sponsored senior project was a motorized toilet lift.

“When we were choosing what our project was going to be, I saw a toilet lift. It was fourth on my list. First on my list was a canon,” he said. The excitement came once he was like, ‘Hey, I’m doing this accelerated business program. Would you like to check with me?’ Me being an engineering student more interested in business, I said yes .

They decided to go through the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. Through these accelerated programs, they realized they had to pivot and so they came up with the design.

“We found this niche in the market that was underserved and underappreciated with innovation, and that’s what got me most excited,” Bronen said.

SedMed plans to install its toilet seats in healthcare facilities to reduce injuries to healthcare workers.

“It’s also the forefront of the business,” Bronen said. “Healthcare workers are constantly injuring themselves lifting people to and from toilets because they strain their backs lifting a person, resulting in high costs for healthcare facilities.”

Currently, the SedMed team is working from home. For Bronen, that means working in Milford, where he has lived for two years. He plans to stay in town.

“I contacted Julie Nash (Economic Development Manager for Milford) because we are looking for office space and coworking space,” he said. “We’re running pretty lean, but we want something to push things a bit more in person.”


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