QUOI DE NEUF À BONEBRIDGE?

QUOI DE NEUF À BONEBRIDGE?

INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR ANDREW M. CHOO, MD

Professor Choo has not only provided the case of the quarter for our latest newsletter, but also generously shared his invaluable insights with us in this short interview.

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TAMINA CLINICAL CASE: FIBULAR STRUT GRAFT AUGMENTATION OF A PROXIMAL HUMERUS FRACTURE

We present a case of a 3-part proximal humerus fracture with varus, apex anterior angulation and anterior translation of the humerus. A fibular strut was used to augment the bone.

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RICKY BRANDON JOINS BONEBRIDGE AUSTRALIA

We are excited to announce that our Australian business is growing: As our new Territory Manager, Ricky has been overseeing our operations in Victoria, catering to our customers in and around Melbourne.

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THE PEOPLE AT BONEBRIDGE: ELVIN SOTOMAYOR

Meet Elvin, our VP of Sales and Business Development in Texas: He joined Bonebridge in October 2023 and has loved his journey with us so far.

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WELCOME TO BONEBRIDGE USA, PATRICK VARECKA!

We're delighted to introduce you to the latest addition to the Bonebridge USA team: Patrick Varecka joined us at the beginning of this year as our new Vice President of Sales and Business Development.

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LET’S GO LONG: MEET THE POYA-L LINE EXTENSION

The principle of reducing complexity guided the initial development of our POYA 3.5mm line, with one versatile POYA-L (Lateral Proximal Tibia) Plate and one POYA-P (Posteromedial Tibia) Plate on offer. With the plate additions, our POYA-L line is now extended to address tibial plateau fractures extending to the shaft.

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“REDUCING COMPLEXITY” IN A GROWING ORGANIZATION

Since its foundation in 2018, Bonebridge has grown from a two-employee operation to a small company with a staff of 20 on three continents. How do we adhere to our “reducing complexity” principle as a growing — and invariably more complex — organization?

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CLINICAL CASES: POYA CASE 2

We report a case involving a complex postero-lateral tibial plateau fracture with a particular involvement of the postero-latero-central fragment (PLC). The fracture was treated with a 6-hole POYA 3.5mm Lateral Proximal Tibia Plate.

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Bonebridge Receives EU MDR Certification

Zug, Switzerland, 08 March 2024 – Bonebridge is proud to announce that it has received the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR) certification. Accordingly, all Bonebridge products are now fully approved in all countries of the European Union and Switzerland.

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INTERVIEW WITH ROGER BAUMGARTNER

Meet our Executive Vice President and General Manager of Bonebridge Australia/New Zealand: Roger Baumgartner tells us more about exploring new markets “down under”.

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BENJAMIN BURKHARD IS OUR NEW HEAD OF SALES SWITZERLAND

We are pleased to introduce you to Benjamin Burkhard, who recently joined our Swiss team. Benjamin brings in-depth experience to our organization, having started his career as a sales representative for Stryker in the endoscopy & sports medicine division. In his role as Head of Sales Switzerland, he will be driving our sales efforts and will play a pivotal role in the continued success of our company.

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THE PEOPLE AT BONEBRIDGE: KIS BAUMGARTNER

You may already be familiar with Kis from earlier issues of this newsletter: In our two-part supply chain series, he guided us through the manufacturing process at Bonebridge. Now it’s time for a more personal look at our Head of Supply Chain.

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REGISTRATION: WETLAB

Register for the hands-on trauma wetlab training session scheduled for May 23-24, 2024, at the Institut für Anatomie in Bern.

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CLINICAL CASES: LEPORELLO CASE 2

We present a case of a comminuted, intraarticular fracture of the olecranon (AO 2U1C). The fracture was treated with the Bonebridge LEPORELLO 3.5mm Olecranon Plate.

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WELCOME TO BONEBRIDGE USA, ELVIN!

We’re excited to announce the latest addition to our US team: As the new Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Elvin will be working closely with EVP/GM Jessie Dionne to introduce our smart orthopaedic trauma implants to customers in the USA.

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THE PEOPLE AT BONEBRIDGE: CHRISTOF GERBER

Five years ago, Christof Gerber founded Bonebridge together with his colleague and COO Alexander Häusler – high time for a closer look at our CEO’s life and career to date.

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NEW TEAM MEMBER: WELCOME, MARION!

We are very pleased to introduce you to our new Sales Representative Romandie: Marion has been our primary point of contact for customers in the French-speaking part of Switzerland and will be further developing our market in this region.

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WELCOME TO BONEBRIDGE CELINA

Celina Gmür joined our Clinical Affairs team in June 2023. As Clinical Affairs Manager, she proactively conducts post-market surveillance, handles clinical documentation for regulatory purposes and contributes to new product developments in collaboration with R&D.

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CLINICAL CASES: TAMINA CASE 5

We present a complex case of a four-part proximal humerus head-split fracture. The fracture was treated with the Bonebridge TAMINA TF 3.5mm Proximal Humerus Plate.

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THE PEOPLE AT BONEBRIDGE: JESSIE DIONNE

Meet our Executive Vice President and General Manager USA: In his first year with Bonebridge, Jessie has successfully introduced our smart orthopaedic trauma implants to the US market.

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MEET OUR NEW TEAM MEMBER, ANNA-MARIE MAKAROVA

Anna-Marie joined us in March 2023. In her role as QA&RA Manager, she ensures that all our operations are conducted in accordance with relevant quality and regulatory standards.

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CLINICAL CASES: DALVAZZA CASE 1

We present a case of an unstable distal ulna fracture with a concomitant distal radius fracture, where both fractures were treated with ORIF using the Bonebridge DALVAZZA 2.5mm Distal Ulna Plate and the SALGINA 2.5mm Distal Radius Plate.

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THE PEOPLE AT BONEBRIDGE: PATRICK BURKI

Today, we would like to introduce you to Patrick Burki, our Head of R&D. Patrick is a mechanical engineer with a strong background in product development for the MedTech industry, particularly in the area of orthopaedic trauma and sports medicine. He joined Bonebridge in July 2019.

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CLINICAL CASES: TAMINA CASE 4

A healthy and active 56-year-old female patient presented to the emergency department after sustaining an injury from a fall on ice at standing height. She was diagnosed with a four-part proximal humerus fracture on the right side (AO 11C1, Neer IV). Physical examination revealed pain, swelling and hematoma, but no neurological deficit. The patient was treated by ORIF.

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A LOOK BACK ON THE WINTER SEASON AT DAVOS HOSPITAL

To conclude this year’s winter season, we took the opportunity to talk to Hans-Curd Frei, MD, Head of the Department of Surgery at Davos hospital, Switzerland.*

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AAOS 2023 – IT’S A WRAP!

From 7 to 11 March, Bonebridge attended the AAOS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Our CEO Christof Gerber and Head of R&D Patrick Burki joined forces with Jessie Dionne, our EVP & GM USA, and his team to introduce our smart orthopaedic trauma implants to surgeons and healthcare professionals on site.

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CLINICAL CASES: TAMINA CASE 3

A healthy 59-year-old female presented to the emergency department after sustaining an injury from a fall at standing height during Nordic walking. She was diagnosed with a closed three-part proximal humerus fracture on the left side.

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CLINICAL CASES: SALGINA CASE 3

A 70-year-old male patient presented to the emergency department after sustaining an injury to his left wrist from a fall at standing height. He was diagnosed with an intra-articular fracture to his left distal radius with 40° of dorsal angulation. The patient was treated with ORIF.

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THE PEOPLE AT BONEBRIDGE: MÉLANIE ZEMP

Today we would like to introduce you to Mélanie Zemp, our Business Intelligence specialist. Mélanie joined the Bonebridge team as an intern in December 2021, shortly after completing a B.Sc. degree in Health Sciences and Technology at ETH in Switzerland.

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Welcome to Bonebridge USA, Tessa Kerecman!

Tessa recently joined our US division. As an Associate Sales Consultant, she will be supporting our sales team within the US orthopaedic trauma and extremities market. “After FDA approval this fall, the Bonebridge sales activities in the USA are well under way now – so this is a very exciting time to be joining the team,” Tessa says.

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Meet Sara Probst, Our New Team Member

Sara started working at Bonebridge in November 2022 and is the latest addition to our Marketing team. She will be planning and executing various marketing and communication activities and will be writing content for our digital and analog channels. “My new colleagues have been so welcoming and helpful, and I’m excited to become a part of this dynamic company,” Sara says about joining Bonebridge. “As a writer, I’m completely on board with the ‘reducing complexity’ concept, and it’s great to work with people who share that mindset.”

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Kis Baumgartner Joins the Bonebridge Team

Kis Baumgartner joined Bonebridge in October 2022 as our Head of Supply Chain Management. In this role, he is responsible for our procurement and production planning and all our purchasing and logistics operations. “The team has given me a very warm welcome. It’s great to be working alongside such talented colleagues,” Kis says about his first weeks with Bonebridge. “It’s a small but growing company, and I’m excited to contribute to its success.

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CLINICAL CASES: TAMINA CASE 2

A healthy and active 18 year old female patient presented to the emergency department after sustaining an injury from skiing. She was diagnosed with a minimally displaced 1-part fracture of her proximal humerus on the right hand side and was treated conservatively. After 10 days, the patient returned with a secondary displacement of the fracture into varus (Neer 2-part fracture). The patient was then set-up for ORIF.

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CLINICAL CASES: LEPORELLO CASE 1

An 83 year old female patient presented to the emergency department after sustaining an injury from a fall at standing height. She was diagnosed with a fracture to her right proximal ulna, which extended from the olecranon to the metaphysis (Monteggia fracture, Bado/Jupiter IID), as well as a fracture and dislocation to the radial head. The patient was treated by ORIF.

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CLINICAL CASES: CASCELLA CASE 2

A healthy and active 19 year old male student presented to the emergency department after sustaining an injury from falling off his mountain bike. He was diagnosed with a displaced midshaft clavicle fracture on the right hand side with significant shortening. The patient was treated by ORIF.

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CLINICAL CASES: COMBINED CASCELLA/TAMINA TF CASE

An athletic, 37 year old male patient sustained injuries to his left clavicle and proximal humerus, after falling from his bike at high speed. Physical and radiological examinations confirmed a displaced midshaft clavicle fracture, as well as a threepart proximal humerus fracture with posterior dislocation of the head and articular loss. The patient's preoperative pain level (VAS) was 6/10. The patient was treated with ORIF for both fractures.

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CLINICAL CASES: TAMINA TF CASE 1

A 67 year old female presented to the emergency department after sustaining an injury incurred from a fall at standing height. She was diagnosed with a three-part proximal humerus fracture on the left side. The patient was treated with ORIF.

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THE PEOPLE AT BONEBRIDGE: ALEXANDER HÄUSLER

Today we would like to introduce you to the COO and one of the founders of Bonebridge, Alexander Häusler. Alex is responsible for the financial, operational and supply chain aspects of the company. He makes sure that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes and that our goal of "reducing complexity" is applied in everything we do.

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CLINICAL CASES: SALGINA CASE 1

A healthy, 77 year old male patient presented to the emergency department after sustaining an injury from a fall onto his outstretched arm. Examination and imaging confirmed an intraarticular, multifragmentary fracture of his left distal radius (AO Classification: 2R3C3.1). Sensory and motor function as well as vascular function was intact. Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) was performed. A Salgina 2.5mm wide plate was selected for the internal fixation.

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CLINICAL CASES: CASCELLA CASE 1

A 30 year old male patient presented to the emergency department after sustaining an injury from a bicycle accident. Examination and imaging confirmed a midshaft clavicle fracture to the left side. It was decided to treat the fracture conservatively.

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CLINICAL CASES: POYA CASE 1

A healthy and very active 27 year old male presented to the emergency department after sustaining an injury from an E-bike collision. He was diagnosed with a closed fracture of his left proximal tibia (AO41B3.3 — Schatzker V), which consisted of comminution to the lateral plateau, a coronal shear fracture of the medial condyle as well as an ACL avulsion fracture and a lateral meniscus lesion. Vascular and neurologic status was uncompromised. The patient was treated by ORIF.

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THE PEOPLE AT BONEBRIDGE: SARAH BÜRKI

Today we would like to introduce you to Sarah Bürki, our Head of Clinical Affairs. Sarah grew up in the alpine valley of Diemtigtal close to the famous Niesen mountain, so her winters were all about skiing as the slopes were just around the corner. But also in summer she was a very active kid participating in running contests. "I once even won 'z'schnäuste Bärner Modi' in the Canton of Berne over the 1km distance," she explains with a grin.

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CASCELLA WINS RED DOT AWARD 2021

Exactly two years after the kick-off of the development phase the CASCELLA 3.5mm Superior Clavicle Plate is announced as a winner of the annual Red Dot Award! The Red Dot Award is an international design competition, which stands for belonging to the best in design and business. Excellent designs are selected by competent expert juries in the areas of product design, communication design, and design concepts. The competition takes place once a year and receives submissions from designers from more than 60 countries worldwide. Winners are published in the annual Red Dot Design Yearbook and a presentation is delivered in an exhibition.

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