WishBone Medical Inc. Names Reese Myers as Vice President of Product Development

 Reese Myers

Reese Myers

Warsaw, Indiana, November 1, 2017 – WishBone Medical, Inc., a new pediatric orthopedic company in Warsaw, Indiana, announced that Reese Myers has taken on the role of Vice President of Product Development. Reese will be responsible for product development and commercialization and will work closely with WishBone’s engineering and marketing departments to coordinate market strategy. He will also collaborate closely with other WishBone Team Members to define the strategic direction of the organization and to drive business growth.

Reese’s career in the medical field began as a Certified Surgical Technologist in 1981 working for the highly-skilled and dedicated team at Ortho Indy, primarily at Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis, where he assisted on a wide variety of orthopedic procedures including sports medicine, spine, joint replacement, trauma, hand, pediatric, and general cases over a twelve-year period. 

After completing a BSME at IUPUI in 1993, Reese began his medical device career in Warsaw as a Design Engineer with Othy – now part of Tecomet.  During more than twenty-three years there, he held numerous positions in Product Development, as Marketing Director for the Symmetry Surgical energy portfolio, and Innovation/Technology management with experience licensing and on-boarding products and technologies from external sources.  Reese holds numerous patents, some of which are assigned to orthopedic OEM companies.

WishBone Medical was founded by Nick Deeter, a leader in Pediatric Orthopedics. WishBone is a Warsaw, Indiana based pediatric orthopedic company focused on the unmet needs of children suffering from orthopedic issues. WishBone’s commitment is to provide anatomically appropriate innovative implants and instruments in sterile packed, single use, disposable kits with an emphasis to minimize disease, prevent infection, reduce overall costs for our customers and to achieve the best outcomes for children who are still growing, because kids are not just little adults.

“I’m excited to join WishBone Medical’s experienced and dedicated team.  I’m also looking forward to working with surgeons and the WishBone team to develop innovative products that will improve the lives of pediatric patients around the world,” says Reese Myers. “Children are the most vulnerable patients, deserving of the special focus and compassion placed on them by pediatric orthopedic surgeons and caregivers every day.”

“Reese brings a tremendous amount of medical device industry experience to our team,” says Nick Deeter, Chairman of the Board and CEO of WishBone Medical.  “We are very glad to have him at WishBone Medical to serve as our lead on the Product Development team.”

Reese and his wife Mickey reside in rural Whitley County, Indiana. Their son and his family live in Lafayette, Colorado while their daughter and her family live in Columbia City, Indiana.

To learn more about WishBone Medical, visit www.WishBoneMedical.com.

About WishBone Medical, Inc.

WishBone Medical, Inc. is a privately held pediatric orthopedic company offering anatomically-appropriate innovative implants and instrument solutions to pediatric patients and surgeons worldwide.

For further information, visit www.wishbonemedical.com or call Allison McSherry, General Manager at (574)306-4006.

WishBone Medical Adds Bontrager and Weidenbenner to Board

Warsaw, Indiana, October 24, 2017 – The Board of Directors of WishBone Medical recently voted to fill two seats on the Board.  The Board unanimously chose to add Jason Bontrager and Dave Weidenbenner to fill these seats. 

 Jason Bontrager

Jason Bontrager

Mr. Bontrager has been a partner in Jayco, Inc. until the company’s acquisition by Thor Industries. The company was founded by his grandfather in 1968 and was wholly-owned by his family until June 2016. Jason is also a partner and director at L&W Engineering, based in Middlebury, Indiana.  Working within his family's business environment he had the opportunity to work in and manage several departments ranging from Marketing, Product Development, Operations, Engineering and Sales.  Throughout his time working at Jayco, he found his niche to be discovering opportunities and innovation.  As a result of this he had an opportunity to mentor in a Private Equity firm and now represents his interests and those of other members of the Bontrager family.

Mr. Weidenbenner has spent 35 years in the healthcare arena via his employment at Zimmer (now Zimmer Biomet), a worldwide manufacturer/supplier/marketer of orthopedic products for hip, knee, elbow, shoulder joint replacement and trauma.

 Dave Weidenbenner

Dave Weidenbenner

Mr. Weidenbenner served in various hip marketing positions leading to Director Global Hip Marketing responsible for the worldwide hip product portfolio earlier in his career at Zimmer.  From 2004 until 2011, Mr. Weidenbenner served as the SVP of Global Brand Management.  In this position he was responsible for the strategic direction of the company's worldwide portfolio of hip, knee, elbow, and shoulder products.  The job required market assessment and driving consensus agreement with the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions to maximize the company's global investments. He also served on the company’s Operating Committee for a three-year term.

From 2012 until 2015, Mr. Weidenbenner was the VP of Corporate Programs, Sales, and Services. He was responsible for US sales training, US medical education (for surgeons), and managing the Southeast region of the company's independent sales channel which included 8 distributorships.  He led the development and execution of a new tiered sales training program based upon preexisting orthopedic sales experience.  The sales training technique was changed from didactic to a role play model.

“I am very excited that Jason and Dave committed to serve on the Board of Directors at WishBone Medical,” says Nick Deeter, Chairman of the Board and CEO of WishBone Medical.  “They bring a lot of experience and will fill important rolls within the Board that will add significant shareholder value.”

To learn more about WishBone Medical, visit ww.WishBoneMedical.com.

About WishBone Medical, Inc.

WishBone Medical, Inc. is a privately held pediatric orthopedic company offering anatomically-appropriate innovative implants and instrument solutions to pediatric patients and surgeons worldwide.

For further information, visit www.wishbonemedical.com or call Allison McSherry, General Manager at (574)306-4006.

 

 

 

WishBone Medical Inc. Holds First Shareholders Meeting

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Warsaw, Indiana, September 26, 2017 - WishBone Medical held its first shareholder meeting since the founding of the company in January 2017.  Investors, employees and guests were given an overall view of WishBone Medical's fast start at the global headquarters in Warsaw, Indiana. CEO and Founder Nick Deeter was reelected unanimously as Chairman of the Board and CEO, Marlin Stutzman and Mary Wetzel were reelected unanimously as President and Chief Operating Officer respectively by the Board of Directors following the shareholder meeting.  Marlin Stutzman and Mary Wetzel will also remain on the Board of Directors.  Three outside shareholders will continue serving on the WishBone Medical Board of Directors; Andy Miclot, J. Pat Richardson and Lynnette Jackson.

"Our team has been working very hard since the beginning of 2017 and together, we have been able to reach the goals that were set forth when the formation of WishBone Medical started late 2016,” Chairman of the Board and CEO Nick Deeter explains.  “Our Shareholders walked away from our meeting feeling very comfortable knowing that WishBone Medical has set out to accomplish the tasks that the company said it would, including a very aggressive new product launch schedule.”

WishBone Medical's focus is the pediatric orthopedic industry and has rolled out its first product, Exact Osteotomy System, in June 2017, which was within the first six months of operation. WishBone Medical plans to roll out 9 more product systems this year, which is unprecedented for new orthopedic companies. 

Shareholders had the opportunity to meet the team that has been assembled this past year and to learn of the rollout and pipeline for products to come into the marketplace late 2017 and in 2018.

“I have been involved with WishBone Medical as a Director and Advisor since its inception,” says J. Pat Richardson. “WishBone Medical started pushing revenue and eliminating unneeded costs from day one” Pat went on to add, “this fast to market revenue, with a minimal inventory business model, is a paradigm shift in the industry.”

WishBone Medical Inc. continues to grow rapidly in a market that is in desperate need of anatomically appropriate pediatric orthopedic devices in their distribution model of single use sterile pack disposable kits.

To learn more about WishBone Medical, visit www.WishBoneMedical.com. 

About WishBone Medical, Inc.

WishBone Medical, Inc. is a privately held pediatric orthopedic company offering anatomically-appropriate innovative implants and instrument solutions to pediatric patients and surgeons worldwide.

For further information, visit www.wishbonemedical.com or call Allison McSherry, General Manager at (574)306-4006.

 

 

 

WishBone Medical, Inc. Names Gary Barnett as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs

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WishBone Medical, Inc., a new pediatric orthopedic company, announced that Gary Barnett has taken on the role of Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. Barnett will be responsible for leading all aspects of global regulatory affairs, implementation, and communication directly with global regulatory agencies. Gary will also provide guidance to new product development teams and collaborate closely with other WishBone Team Members to define the strategic direction of the organization and to drive business growth.

Mr. Barnett began his orthopedic career in 1983 as an industrial engineer.  He progressed into product development, operations, project management, quality, and regulatory affairs. Gary is an inventor/co-inventor on seven orthopedic device patents.  Gary’s previous experience also included regulatory and quality at another pediatric orthopedic company with Nick Deeter.

“Having worked with Gary in the past, we wanted Gary as part of the WishBone team,” said Nick Deeter, CEO of WishBone Medical, Inc.  “Gary has submitted and received nine FDA clearances specifically for Pediatric Orthopedic devices.  This makes Gary one of the top pediatric device 510(k) submitters in the US.  And with our speed to market, we needed that level of expertise to keep up with our product development team.”

WishBone Medical was founded by Nick Deeter, a leader in Pediatric Orthopedics. WishBone is a Warsaw, Indiana based pediatric orthopedic company focused on the unmet needs of children suffering from orthopedic issues. WishBone’s commitment is to provide anatomically appropriate innovative implants and instruments in sterile packed, single use, disposable kits with an emphasis to minimize disease, prevent infection, reduce overall costs for our customers and to achieve the best outcomes for children who are still growing, because kids are not just little adults.

“Not only does Gary have the Pediatric Orthopedic background, Gary also has quality and regulatory experience with single-use, sterile-packed, disposable kits,” commented Mary Wetzel, COO of WishBone Medical. “The single use disposable kits are the key to global access of Pediatric medical devices.  With all of Gary’s experience, we couldn’t be more pleased with bringing Gary on board.”

“I’m excited to get back into Pediatric Orthopedics once again,” said Gary Barnett, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for WishBone Medical. “We have a real cause to treat kids with orthopedic issues and with our single-use disposable kits, we can do that worldwide.” 

Gary holds an Industrial Technology degree and an MBA, both from Ball State University.  Gary has two children, a daughter who is an optometry doctor in Wabash, Indiana, and a son who is an attorney in Chicago, Illinois.

WishBone Medical, Inc. Announces Launch of the Exact Osteotomy System for Precise Bone Cuts in Children

Warsaw, Indiana, July 25, 2017 — WishBone Medical, Inc., a new pediatric orthopedic company, has announced the official launch of the Exact Osteotomy System (EOS).  The Exact Osteotomy System provides precise and repeatable osteotomies for all types of pediatric orthopedic surgery.  The first launch to this system are guides specifically for juvenile bunion surgery and are an accurate aid in the correction of first metatarsalphalangeal joint deformities. 

Eric Cracraft, VP Sales & Market Development for WishBone Medical says, “We are excited to release our first single-use, sterile packed disposable kit in just 6 months’ time.  There are so many other unmet needs in pediatric orthopedics that we will fulfill as we continue to design and develop innovative products.”

The Exact Osteotomy System provides 8 different guide types for the most popular distal metatarsal osteotomies, including Austin/Chevron and Youngswick.  The single-use, sterile packed kit includes cut guide, custom saw blades and two 0.045 K-wires. 

Nick Deeter, WishBone Medical’s Founder and CEO added, “The use of cutting guides in adult orthopedics is common practice.  Currently, there are very limited cut guides available for pediatric orthopedic procedures. The Exact Osteotomy System will address the current issues that pediatric surgeons face when it comes to getting precise and reliable results. We strongly believe that getting products like the Exact Osteotomy System to market will be a game-changer in treating these types of deformities.  We are confident that this will make a remarkable impact on the pediatric foot and ankle market. We are also very excited to announce that we plan to have an additional 5 products in the marketplace by the end of 2017.”

The Exact Osteotomy System is currently available. Interested parties may contact WishBone Medical at 574-306-4006 or email CustomerService@WishBoneMedical.com for more information.

To learn more about WishBone Medical, visit www.WishBoneMedical.com

  

About WishBone Medical, Inc.

WishBone Medical, Inc. is a privately held pediatric orthopedic company offering anatomically-appropriate innovative implants and instrument solutions to pediatric patients and surgeons worldwide.

For further information, visit www.WishBoneMedical.com or call Allison McSherry, General Manager at 574-306-4006.

WishBone Medical, Inc. Names Toney Owsley as Vice President of Supply Chain and Quality

Warsaw, Indiana, July 18, 2017 — WishBone Medical, Inc., a new pediatric orthopedic company, announced that Toney Owsley has taken on the role of Vice President of Supply Chain and Quality. Toney is responsible for working with our supply chain partners to establish a culture of continuous improvement with alignment to medical device regulatory controls.

Mr. Owsley has over twenty-five years of experience with twenty of those years in the medical device industry.  He specialized in process validation, manufacturing process qualification, quality system, and regulatory controls. Toney is an ASQ certified auditor with expertise in cross-functional project planning with internal quality teams and external supplier teams through collaboration in LEAN and Six Sigma initiatives with Master Black Belt certification. Mr. Owsley worked for Sofamore Danek and Medtronic for almost 20 years and was an Air Traffic Control technician for the United States Air Force. 

“He is joining a very talented team that is focused in driving Wishbone Medical as the premier single-use, sterile-packed pediatric orthopedic company,” said Nick Deeter, CEO of WishBone Medical, Inc.  “We are so very pleased to have Toney as part of this dedicated team.”

WishBone Medical was founded by Nick Deeter, a leader in Pediatric Orthopedics. WishBone is a Warsaw, Indiana based pediatric orthopedic company focused on the unmet needs of children suffering from orthopedic issues. WishBone’s commitment is to provide anatomically appropriate innovative implants and instruments in sterile packed, single use, disposable kits with an emphasis to minimize disease, prevent infection, reduce overall costs for our customers and to achieve the best outcomes for children who are still growing, because kids are not just little adults.

Mary Wetzel, COO WishBone Medical commented, “Since Toney became a WishBone team member, he has been working continuously on developing and implementing strategies to assure our supply chain processes produce the highest possible quality product to customers at the lowest possible cost.” 

“Having been in this business for over 20 years, I’m excited to bring my level of expertise to WishBone” said Toney Owsley, Vice President of Supply Chain and Quality for WishBone Medical. “Not only to ensure we have the right manufacturing partners, but that the products are developed and produced efficiently with the highest quality standards.” 

Toney holds a master’s degree in Operations Management from the Arkansas University Millington Naval Base and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Southern Illinois University. Toney and his wife of thirty years, Candy, have raised seven children and are enjoying their five grandchildren at their Ridinger Lake home.

 

About WishBone Medical, Inc.

WishBone Medical, Inc. is a privately held pediatric orthopedic company offering anatomically-appropriate innovative implants and instrument solutions to pediatric patients and surgeons worldwide.

To learn more about WishBone Medical, visit www.wishbonemedical.com.

For further information, visit www.wishbonemedical.com or call Allison McSherry, General Manager at 574-306-4006.

Orthopaedic Pediatric Market Draws New Companies, Products

EPOSNA 2017, the combined annual meeting of the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society and Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, served as an unveiling for new products, brands and companies as a focus on this niche market is drawing in device companies.

Two dozen device, bracing and pharmaceutical companies exhibited at EPOSNA in early May. The way Nick A. Deeter tells it, a decade ago there were three at the North American meeting: OrthoPediatrics (the company that Deeter founded in 2006), Biomet and Smith & Nephew. Attending EPOSNA with WishBone Medical, the pediatric company he founded earlier this year, Deeter said that he believes the pediatric segment is ripe for growth. For one, there is demand. WishBone estimates the market at $1.4 billion, growing at 10% per year. Two, it is one of the few areas in orthopaedics that has yet to gain attention from device companies—though our tracking of announcements in the space suggests that could be changing.

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WishBone Medical, Inc. Names Mary Wetzel as Chief Operating Officer

Warsaw, Indiana, May 16, 2017 — WishBone Medical, Inc., a new pediatric orthopedic company, announced that Mary Wetzel has taken on the role of Chief Operating Officer. Wetzel is the former president, co-founder, and board member of TekModo Industries, Inc., an Elkhart, Indiana based corporation listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Wetzel will be responsible for keeping WishBone Medical focused on being an industry leader in the Pediatric Orthopedic market by providing proprietary products through a capital efficient business model.

Wetzel will manage the day to day activities at WishBone Medical, including product development, manufacturing, and quality systems. Wetzel has an extensive operational, financial, marketing, and technical background from her experience in the automotive and recreational vehicle industries.

During her time at General Motors, Wetzel developed and incorporated manufacturing changes to more than 300,000 vehicles annually to bring them up to production standards. While at Chrysler, she headed Chrysler's multi-billion dollar regional incentive programs and was Senior Manager for Business Management and Market Intelligence, working directly with the Dealers to improve their profitability. And as President of TekModo Industries, Ms. Wetzel set up the supply chain and manufacturing operations to develop the first all composite trailer for the RV industry.

“Having been in the field of operations and marketing for quite some time, I’m excited to bring my level of expertise to WishBone. Not only to ensure that products are developed and produced efficiently, but also with the highest quality standards. It is my goal to make sure that every product we offer gets into the hands of surgeons quickly so they can provide the best care possible to their patients,” said Mary Wetzel, COO of WishBone Medical.  

WishBone Medical, Inc. was recently founded by Nick A. Deeter. In 2006, Deeter started OrthoPediatrics because he saw an unmet need in the pediatric orthopedic space. Nick felt the standards for treatment in children were unacceptable and that the use of adult medical devices in these children could not continue. These patients needed medical devices that were designed for their smaller anatomy and unique needs. Nick worked with engineers and surgeons to develop products that could meet the needs of growing children.

CEO Nick Deeter commented, “Mary will be a tremendous asset to WishBone. Her quality standards are second to none and I am positive that the products that WishBone develops and commercializes will be of the highest quality in the marketplace. Mary’s automotive background brings to WishBone a capital efficient inventory model that has never been seen in orthopedics.  She has already saved the Company millions of dollars.”

Wetzel was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2004, receiving the Young Leadership and Excellence Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the automotive industry. She holds a degree in Business Management and Automotive Marketing from Northwood University.

WishBone Medical is developing new and innovative products that will address the needs of children such as, implants that correct deformities of long bones, sports related injuries, foot and ankle deformities, trauma, spinal and thoracic deformities, biologics, and preventative body armor.

To learn more about WishBone Medical, visit www.wishbonemedical.com.

 

About WishBone Medical, Inc.

WishBone Medical, Inc. is a privately held pediatric orthopedic company offering anatomically-appropriate innovative implants and instrument solutions to pediatric patients and surgeons worldwide.

For further information, visit www.wishbonemedical.com or call Allison McSherry, General Manager at 574-306-4006.

WishBone Medical, Inc. Announces the Addition of Rob Seewald as Corporate Chaplain

Warsaw, Indiana, April 27, 2017 — WishBone Medical, Inc., a new pediatric orthopedic company in Warsaw, IN, announced the appointment of Rob Seewald as their Corporate Chaplain. WishBone Medical is focused on being an industry leader in the Pediatric Orthopedic market by providing proprietary products through a capital efficient business model.

Seewald, an ordained United Methodist pastor of 23 years, will work closely with staff members to deal with difficulties they may be facing in life. 

“It’s important to me that we maintain a healthy work/life balance at WishBone. My goal is to provide a safe environment where employees, including the leadership of WishBone, can come and share with me any challenges they may be facing in life. We can then work together to develop a plan that helps them address those issues and get back to living the life they were meant to live,” said Seewald.  

Seewald also serves as pastor of Leesburg and Bourbon First United Methodist churches. For the past five years has served as an Associate District Superintendent with the United Methodist Church denomination. For the past sixteen years, he has held leadership positions in the Kosciusko County 4-H program.

CEO Nick Deeter commented, “The role of Corporate Chaplain is vital to our company. WishBone Medical has established a culture and cause around helping children with orthopedic disorders.  I feel that if you are putting metal implants into children, you need a moral compass as part of the decision making process.  Pastor Seewald is in all major meetings and new employee interviews to make sure we stay true to our purpose.”

WishBone Medical, Inc. was recently founded by Nick A. Deeter. In 2006, Deeter started another pediatric company because he saw an unmet need in the pediatric orthopedic space. Deeter felt the standards for treatment in children were unacceptable and that the use of adult medical devices in these children could not continue. These patients needed medical devices that were designed for their smaller anatomy and unique needs. Deeter worked with engineers and surgeons to develop products that could meet the needs of growing children.

Seewald further commented, “My wife and I both love to invest in the lives of people. I look forward to seeing how I can serve the WishBone team and impact the success of this company.”

To learn more about WishBone Medical, visit www.wishbonemedical.com.

About WishBone Medical, Inc.

WishBone Medical, Inc. is a privately held pediatric orthopedic company offering anatomically-appropriate innovative implants and instrument solutions to pediatric patients and surgeons worldwide.

For further information, visit www.wishbonemedical.com or call Allison McSherry, General Manager at 574-306-4006.