CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Clinic and Stryker Corporation, one of the world's largest medical device manufacturers, announced today the formation of a strategic alliance to develop orthopaedic operating rooms of the future.
Under terms of the 10-year alliance, Stryker will support The Cleveland
Clinic in developing, testing and advancing image-guided surgery systems and
other advanced orthopaedic surgical technologies to improve patient care. In
addition, Stryker personnel will help educate and train Clinic physicians and
other medical professionals in the use of these technologies. Financial terms
of the alliance were not disclosed.
"This alliance provides a support mechanism for the Clinic's technology
development and commercialization activities in the advancement of orthopaedic
surgery, a field that is growing exponentially in response to the aging
population," said Joseph Hahn, MD, a surgeon and chairman of CCF
Innovations, The Cleveland Clinic's technology commercialization arm.
"Collaborating with Stryker enables the Clinic's orthopaedic surgeons to build
upon their technological knowledge and experience in image-guided surgery and
advance research in this field for the benefit of patients."
Stryker and The Cleveland Clinic will develop an undetermined number of
high-tech orthopaedic operating rooms with fully integrated technological
capabilities, including navigation systems, minimally invasive surgery
equipment and communication platforms.
Three state-of-the-art orthopaedic operating rooms are under construction
at The Cleveland Clinic. The rooms are being equipped with the latest
operative technology and instrumentation, including arthroscopy equipment and
operative navigation systems for computer-assisted knee and hip replacement
procedures. Demand for these procedures is expected to increase between 10 and
15 percent per year for the next 40 years in response to the growing elderly
The Cleveland Clinic brings to the collaboration a world-renowned
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, ranked among the nation's top five
orthopaedics departments in 2004 by U.S. News & World Report. The Clinic will
serve as a premier site for Stryker to showcase its latest technologies while
collaborating with the Clinic on research and the development of new products
and clinical applications.
"This strategic alliance will allow us to perform more innovative
procedures more effectively and efficiently," said Joseph P. Iannotti, MD,
PhD, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Cleveland
Clinic. "It is a reflection of our strength in the field of orthopaedics and
our continued effort to deliver world-class care to our patients and their
Stryker Corporation offers the most broadly based products and services in
the worldwide orthopaedic industry. It also has a rapidly growing presence in
other healthcare specialties and is one of the world's largest medical device
companies. Stryker delivers results through a wide range of capabilities,
including joint replacements, trauma, spine and micro implant systems,
orthobiologics, powered surgical instruments, surgical navigation systems and
endoscopic products as well as patient handling and emergency medical
equipment. Stryker also provides outpatient physical therapy services in the
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-
profit multi-specialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and
hospital care with research and education.
Source: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation