It looks like pragmatism rules as Exactech Inc and Conmed Corporation announce they are to co-develop medical education programs. In what looks like a smart move for both parties. Conmed subsidiary, Conmed Linvatec’s state-of-the-art Center for Orthopaedic Education in Largo, Fla., which opened earlier this year, will no doubt benefit from some form of contribution from Exactech, while Exactech will benefit from its association with an esteemed facility and program of events. A quarterly schedule of programs is being developed for introduction in early 2013.
Exactech and Conmed share the same clients but don’t compete to a great extent on products, Exactech being a total joint specialist while Conmed is more of a surgical instruments and device company. The companies have announced their plans to co-develop a series of medical education programs designed to (in their words) advance the standard of care for patients across the continuum of shoulder and knee repair.The companies plan to leverage their combined expertise to offer orthopaedic surgeons comprehensive medical education programs that address advancements in patient care from early arthroscopic intervention to total joint replacement technologies and techniques.
“Today’s patients expect their orthopaedists to provide a lifetime of solutions to their injuries and diseases,” said orthopaedic surgeon and Exactech CEO Bill Petty. “It is a unique challenge for surgeons to stay abreast of rapidly advancing techniques for treating the broad spectrum of injuries that can progress from soft tissue damage to joint disease. Few medical education courses address this range of orthopaedic care. Exactech is proud to partner with Conmed Corporation’s subsidiary, Conmed Linvatec, to provide this educational opportunity.” Providing surgeons with the best educational experience is a goal of both companies.
“Our co-developed programs will provide the surgeon with a world class educational experience, and we are proud to work collaboratively with Exactech to provide such a comprehensive approach to surgeon education,” said Joe Darling, President of Conmed Linvatec. “In addition, we are pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our new state-of-the-art training facility in Largo to a significant number of leading surgeons.”
Source: Conmed Corporation, Business Wire