New chairman for JRI Orthopaedics

Posted on 30 Jun 2016 by Jonny Williamson

Multi-award winning health care manufacturer, JRI Orthopaedics, has appointed Frank Collins as its new non-executive chairman.

According to the Sheffield-based firm, Frank Collins brings a wealth of medical devices and orthopaedic experience, having worked for most of his career at senior levels in UK-based healthcare organisations.

He also has significant international experience drawn from his time overseeing divisions and companies in Australia, Germany and France, as well as managing commercial relationships with partners across several countries.

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Collins commented: “[JRI Orthopaedics] is well known as a highly regarded and well established developer and provider of top quality orthopaedic implants, and I feel privileged to have been invited to help contribute to its future development.”

JRI Orthopaedics is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of orthopaedic implants and surgical instruments.

Founded on innovation, it was the first company in world orthopedics to produce a hip implant with a Hydroxyapatite coating, enabling a biological bond with the patient’s bone and the prospect of a hip for life.

Innovation remains at the heart of the company with an expanding portfolio of products designed with and for surgeons, to help them deliver the best solutions in joint reconstruction, repair and regeneration.

Collins added: “There is little doubt that the company is facing some challenges from an ever-changing and more demanding NHS, but I am heartened by the determination to respond positively and effectively to take the company into a new chapter of growth and success.

“This is evident through the recent successes in developing new partnerships in countries such as Brazil and China, with the intention of introducing the JRI range to hospitals and patients in those countries and beyond.

Last year, the company secured a contract to produce hip replacement implants in its state-of-the-art Sheffield manufacturing facility for a Beijing-based medical company to sell into the Chinese market.

It is also hoping to have its own hip replacement products registered for sale in China this year and has a distribution deal lined up with its Chinese partner.

Collins takes over from Brian Jones who has retired after an extensive career at JRI Orthopaedics, including six years as chairman.