Press Release: March 18, 2015 – Rotation Medical
Plymouth, MN – March 18, 2015 –Rotation Medical, a medical device company focused on developing new technologies to treat rotator cuff disease, today announced that Richard Ryu, M.D, Senior Attending at The Ryu Hurvitz Orthopedic Clinic, and Marc R. Labbé, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, have joined the company’s Scientific Advisory Board.
“Doctors Ryu and Labbé are among the most accomplished and well-respected experts in orthopaedics. They have made significant contributions to the field and we are extremely fortunate to have them join our Scientific Advisory Board,” said Martha Shadan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rotation Medical.
“Their broad experience and thought leadership spanning arthroscopy, orthopaedics and sports medicine will be valuable during this exciting time in our company’s growth as we work to educate surgeons and bring the benefits of the Rotation Medical rotator cuff repair system to more surgeons and their patients.”
Dr. Ryu specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee. He is the senior member of The Ryu Hurvitz Orthopedic Clinic and is one of the founding members and current Surgical Director for Summit and Premier Surgery Centers in Santa Barbara. He is a Past President of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, has served on the society’s Board of Directors and currently chairs the Journal Board of Trustees. Dr. Ryu was designated a Master Shoulder Surgeon in 1997, and continues to teach complex shoulder surgery to other orthopaedic surgeons across the globe.
He has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has served on the editorial boards of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review and Orthopedics Today andserved as a guest editor for the Journal of Arthroscopy and Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine.
Dr. Ryu graduated cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Biological Sciences, and then attended University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical School. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF, and then spent his fellowship year with additional training in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at the renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.
Dr. Labbé is Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and UTMB-Galveston, and is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with added qualification in Sports Medicine.
He has led multiple presentations and courses related to rotator cuff tears and other topics related to the shoulder, knee and elbow and was named a Master Instructor by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2013. He serves on three committees in the Arthroscopy Association of North America and has published numerous articles in arthroscopy and sports medicine journals.
Dr. Labbé graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Biology, and then attended Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and then completed a Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy fellowship at the Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.
“There is a significant unmet need to find a solution for rotator cuff injuries that addresses the damage to the underlying tendon tissue and enables a faster, less disruptive rehabilitation,” said Dr. Ryu. “The Rotation Medical bioinductive implant is the first technology to address this need with a solution that is restorative, not simply reparative. It works to enhance the body’s natural healing response by inducing growth of new tendon-like tissue.”
“This is a disruptive technology that is designed to solve a problem in an entirely new way,” added Dr. Labbé. “The Rotation Medical technology has exciting potential to advance care for patients suffering from rotator cuff injuries.”
About Rotation Medical
Rotator cuff tears are the most common source of shoulder pain and diminished shoulder function in adults. Rotator cuff disease is a progressive condition with prevalence increasing with age. Rotation Medical was founded in 2009 and is committed to improving the treatment of rotator cuff disease with the Rotation Medical rotator cuff system, a breakthrough technology that has the potential to prevent rotator cuff disease progression and reduce re-tears by inducing the growth of new tendinous tissue.
The Canadian Drugstore rotator cuff system combines a unique, proprietary bioinductive implant designed to rapidly induce tendinous tissue growth with a set of novel, arthroscopic disposable instruments that allow the procedure to be performed quickly and reproducibly.