Medical Device company Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation is making sure we all know that June 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of its founding.
Twenty-five years ago, Richard Caruso, PhD, currently a member of Integra’s Board of Directors, established Integra with a vision to use regenerative medicine products to help heal and regenerate tissue. He founded the Company on a technology platform to repair and regenerate tissue with engineered collagen devices. In 1996, the U.S. FDA approved the company’s first product, Integra® Dermal Regeneration Template – a collagen matrix designed as a skin replacement system for victims of third-degree burns. Integra Dermal Regeneration Template was the first product approved with a claim of regeneration of dermal tissue.
Integra has developed numerous product lines for applications ranging from repair of burn and deep tissue wounds to repair of dura mater in the brain, and nerve and tendon. The Company has grown by building upon this core regenerative medicine technology, acquiring businesses in markets with overlapping customer bases and developing products to further meet the needs of its target customers.
Since its founding, Integra has evolved from a company with one product, Integra Dermal Regenerative Template, its artificial skin, to a global company providing a wide variety of innovative solutions in neurosurgery, orthopedics and surgical instruments. Today, Integra has more than 3,000 employees and thousands of products that help millions of patients around the world.
“Rich (Caruso) has a passion for helping patients, and he had a dream that, given the right devices, the body could regenerate its own tissues and organs, and he has seen his dream come true,” said Stuart Essig, PhD, Integra’s Chairman of the Board, and President and Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 2012. “Rich’s vision, perseverance and personal dedication is really what made the great work this Company does for its patients possible.”
“Integra is now a leading medical technology company involved in a wide variety of complementary businesses, and well on its way to becoming a multi-billion dollar global organization,” said Peter Arduini, Integra’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re grateful for the many colleagues and customers who have contributed to our success and this incredible accomplishment of the last 25 years, and look forward to making a difference in patients’ lives for many years to come.”
Source: Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corporation, Globe Newswire