Leading orthopaedic surgeons from China and Brazil have visited multi-award winning Sheffield healthcare company JRI Orthopaedics.
A delegation of 18 specialist hip surgeons from throughout China toured JRI’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Chapeltown.
Eleven months ago, the company secured regulatory approval to sell its high quality cemented, uncemented and revision hip product portfolio in China and signed an exclusive distribution deal with Bejiing-based AK Medical – China’s largest domestic orthopaedic producer.
It is also sub-manufacturing AK Medical implants at Chapeltown for sale in China in a three-year deal worth £2m alone in 2017.
The Chinese surgeons also visited JRI Orthopaedic’s recently opened UK Centre of Excellence for joint replacement at Castle Hill Hospital, Hull.
The company has worked in partnership with the local NHS Trust to establish the Hull and East Yorkshire Regional Arthroplasty Centre (HEYRAC) which will have a key role in clinical research, sharing of best practice and the development of new hip replacement products and surgical techniques.
JRI Orthopaedics chief operating officer Jerry Agass said: “HEYRAC opened in June and is already proving a magnet for visiting orthopaedic surgeons to observe procedures, learn about complex and revision case planning and the latest JRI implants and surgical techniques.
“The visiting Chinese surgeons not only got the chance to see our implants being manufactured but gained a valuable insight into the clinical and research pathways within a UK teaching hospital.”
JRI Orthopaedics, which employs 105 people, has world-class expertise in the design, development and manufacture of orthopaedic implants and surgical instruments.
The company has also just hosted a group of top orthopaedic surgeons from Brazil where the company launched its award-winning VAOIS shoulder replacement system last year.
VAIOS was developed by JRI working with biomechanical engineers at Newcastle University and world renowned orthopaedic surgeon Professor Angus Wallace from Nottingham.
The Brazilian delegation not only visited JRI’s manufacturing facility but observed live shoulder surgery at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital and underwent a cadaver masterclass at Keele University.
Mr Agass added: “These visits reflect the increasing international reach and reputation that JRI Orthopaedics has in two important markets.
“It was also great to showcase the cities of Sheffield and Hull and the pioneering research and world class surgical techniques and clinical results that are carried out here.”
JRI Orthopaedics manufactures and supplies products that provide the best solutions for joint replacement, repair and reconstruction allowing patients to have a better quality of life for longer.
Uniquely, the company is wholly owned by the charity Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK) and has donated £12m over the last ten years to fund world class research into bone and joint disease.