The story of Shoulder Innovations began in 2006 when Dr. Steve Gunther actually invented the core technology, which is the inset glenoid.

At that time, Dr. Gunther was practicing in Northern California and identified that he had a problem to solve.

That problem was relatively young, healthy individuals, but with a lot of shoulder pain, which was being caused by pretty severe arthritis.

The challenge with these patients with heavy arthritis at a young age is that the anatomy has changed, and the go-to procedure for that type of anatomy is the reverse shoulder arthroplasty. The problem with a reverse is that you have to take out the rotator cuff, and that really would limit the activity level for a younger, healthy patient.

What Is The Advantage Of An Inset Glenoid?

The inset glenoid technology provides the potential for a greater amount of mechanical stability between the implant and the bone. It specifically addresses the condition we refer to in the industry as ‘rocking horse’.

Dr. Gunther invented this concept of actually insetting the glenoid implant into the bone of the scapula, and that proved to be very effective at eliminating the rocking horse.

What Is the Rocking Horse Effect?

This is an effect where, as the humerus articulates, it both rotates and it translates on the scapula.

The rocking horse effect is caused by the pressure being put on the humerus, or the humerus pressures the scapula or the glenoid surface. Then as the humeral head moves back and forth, it actually creates a lifting effect on the side opposite the direction of where the humerus is moving, and that’s called rocking horse.

Creation Of Shoulder Innovations

Shoulder Innovations became a company and was founded in 2009, by Dr. Steve Gunther and venture capital firm EDF Ventures.

In 2014, EDF Ventures contacted Genesis Innovation Group and upon reviewing the technology, and speaking with Dr. Gunther, the Genesis team became very excited about the technology and acquired a position in the company.

Shoulder Innovations fit perfectly with the innovative medical device development and commercialization models at Genesis.

Additionally, the team brought an extensive background in medical device development and commercialization, specifically in the shoulder space.

The Future Of Shoulder Innovations

The long-term vision of Shoulder Innovations is to build on a complete shoulder arthroplasty product line which will have leading technology in all areas.

Currently, we’re developing some exciting updates to the humeral stem product line, and are also moving into the area of the reverse shoulder.

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