Each year, millions of people experience rotator cuff tears which can cause debilitating pain and lack of mobility. People over 50 are particularly vulnerable to the effects of this injury and it can have a significant impact on quality of life. Reach Orthopaedics is developing a shoulder implant to treat patients suffering from massive irreparable rotator cuff tears. Their innovative design helps restore shoulder alignment, relieving sufferers of chronic pain and giving them more mobility and function.
Tears can lead to shoulder migration which is the root cause of chronic pain and a loss of function. The REACH implant stops shoulder migration from happening, restoring balance and reducing pain. With rotator cuff tears being the most common culprit of shoulder pain, this implant has the potential to impact the quality of life for many individuals and become the standard of care to treat this common problem.
Throughout his career, Dr. David Johnston has been troubled by the inability to reliably treat patients suffering from massive rotator cuff tears. With his colleague, Dr. Andrew Trenholm, he founded Reach Orthopaedics to develop a durable shoulder implant primarily for use in the middle-aged population. In 2020, the company graduated from Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Atlantic. Their involvement with CDL connected them with important mentors across Canada, including Marcia Clark, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and member of UCeed’s Clinical Advisory Board. Reach Orthopaedics has also received support from IMPACT, a program out of Innovate Calgary that works with early-stage health ventures to prepare for clinical trials. Investment from UCeed will enable Reach Orthopaedics to complete important milestones as they work towards completing their clinical feasibility study.
“We are grateful to become part of the UCeed community. Their mentorship and investment is a strong endorsement at this pivotal time as we work towards becoming the standard of care for treatment of this common and debilitating health problem.” – Dr. David Johnston, President and Co-founder, Reach Orthopaedics.
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Reach Orthopaedics has received investment from UCeed, a venture philanthropy fund accelerating UCalgary and community-based start-up companies to advance problem-solving research, create jobs and fuel the economy. A key program in the UCalgary innovation ecosystem, UCeed bridges the gap between innovation, demonstration and commercialization, and is managed by UCalgary’s knowledge-transfer and business incubator, Innovate Calgary.
UCeed Health Fund is supported by the generosity of the River Fund at the Calgary Foundation and their mission to build a healthy and vibrant community where everyone belongs.