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Grand Rapids, Mich., March 6, 2023 — Shoulder Innovations Inc. (SI), a Grand Rapids, Michigan based leader in the shoulder replacement implant market, announced closing on an oversubscribed $42 million Series D financing. SI is a privately-held medical device company with a broad team of successful innovators in the shoulder space.

The financing was led by Gilde Healthcare Partners, a specialized trans-Atlantic healthcare investor. US Venture PartnersLightstone Ventures, and the cultivate (MD) Accelerator Capital fund returned as existing investors alongside new investors that include Gilmartin Capital and Aperture Venture Partners. The additional resources enable SI to accelerate the expansion of their commercial and distribution operations, responding to the widespread interest in its product platform.

Rob Ball, CEO of Shoulder Innovations said, “Shoulder Innovations is on a mission to be the innovation leader in shoulder arthroplasty. Over recent years, we’ve built a world-class product line which has begun to gain significant traction in the marketplace. This financing positions Shoulder Innovations with the resources and partners to accelerate our investments in our team and products to further establish our leadership position. We’re excited to have gained significant financial support from industry leading partners in what has become a challenging financial market, bringing products to market with greater access for patients.”

SI has developed and commercialized various components for the innovative and integrated InSetTM system, which includes the successful InSet™ Glenoid, Humeral Short Stem, Reverse and Stemless components. 

Dave Blue, Chief Commercial Officer of Shoulder Innovations said, “This is an exciting day for us at SI. We have been intentionally disciplined in our deep focus on the development side, and now the stage is set for quick and aggressive expansion. Our extensive backlog of surgeons and patients will also share our enthusiasm for getting to this point.”

Matt Ahearn, Chief Operating Officer of Shoulder Innovations, said, “Over the past 24 months, the Shoulder Innovations team has done an excellent job preparing the business to scale. The product platform, systems, and distribution foundation are in place, and we have validated the demand for our products. The Series D financing enables Shoulder Innovations to accelerate the demand with significant investments into the commercial & distribution organization, in addition to the growth of instrumentation and implants to serve the needs of our clinician partners.”

Shoulder Innovations has developed the InSet Shoulder Replacement Platform leveraging the extensive experience and history of innovation of the technical, commercial, and clinical teams. Together with surgeon partners, the company has proven the effectiveness of its InSetTM technology in solving the most significant problem in anatomic shoulder replacement: glenoid loosening. In addition to already published 9 year clinical data, the InSetTM technology’s effectiveness was further demonstrated in a recent publication in the Journal for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, with senior authors Peter Johnston MD and Robert Gillespie MD.

About Shoulder Innovations:

Shoulder Innovations is a medical device development company that designs and commercializes innovative products that demonstrate the potential for improved patient care and reduced overall cost to the healthcare system.

Leveraging its breakthrough, patented, InSetTM glenoid design, Shoulder Innovations is commercializing a shoulder replacement implant system focused on improving outcomes related to the greatest cause of shoulder replacement failure: glenoid loosening.

The InSetTM technology has been shown in testing to significantly reduce glenoid implant micro-motion and simplifies the surgical technique, potentially reducing complications or increasing implant longevity. 

For more information about Shoulder Innovations and the Power of OneTM visit

Please note that the InSetTM Stemless Humeral Implant is not yet cleared for use in the United States in a reverse articular configuration.


Jill Wachter