New medical supply company launches

PPE became a commonly heard term during the pandemic—along with headlines of the issues surrounding health care workers’ struggles to obtain PPE.

Enter Medivico, a subsidiary of food and beverage distribution company, Invico. Launched during the pandemic, the PPE and medical supply company seeks to address world PPE shortages. Co-founded by president Arnold Thorstad, a Miami resident, and CEO Roberto Delli, a Boca Raton resident, Medivico provides bulk purchases to mid-sized and small medical providers at the same price usually reserved for major providers and leverage relationships and resources within their supply chain network to deliver reputable PPE as opposed to low-grade producers from competitors.

“If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the worst-case scenarios must be accounted for. Proper preparedness is a necessary policy,” Thorstad said.

To aid in that preparedness, Medivico has also pledged to donate 1 million units of PPE to medical providers during the pandemic. It’ll be a welcome help at a time when demand for PPE is set to continue. In fact, the company notes the global demand for nitrile gloves reached more than 580 billion this year, according to according to the Health Industry Distributors Association, but manufacturers are only capable of producing 370 billion at current levels. A November survey from National Nurses United shows that 80% of 15,000 nurses surveyed say they’re reusing at least one type of single-use PPE. In addition, 20% percent of nurses in hospitals report that their employer has recently limited the use of N95 respirator masks.

Medivico, based in Fort Lauderdale, provides masks, gloves, respirators, gowns, cleaning and disinfecting products, testing equipment and additional protective equipment such as goggles. Click here to learn more.

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Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.