News: Intellirod Spine Names Ric Navarro as New President and CEO
LOUISVILLE - Intellirod Spine Inc., a spinal implant diagnostic company focused on the
assessment of spine fusion, announced today that Ric Navarro has joined the Company as its President and
Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Navarro will also serve on the company’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Navarro has over 25 years of medical device and implant experience in artificial hearts, wheelchairs,
operating room equipment and spinal implants. Most recently he served as the VP and Site Manager for Integra
LifeSciences spine division in Akron, Ohio. Prior to that he was in senior management at Theken Spine and
was a co-founder and VP R&D for Theken Disc, a company that developed the first lumbar artificial disc to
incorporate microelectronics. In addition he has held senior engineering, quality, and operations roles with
Integra, Biomec, Allen Medical Systems, AcroMed and the Cleveland Clinic.
"We are very excited to have Ric join Intellirod Spine to lead the company through its clinical development phase.
Ric’s experience in the orthopedics industry is a perfect fit with the product that is being developed by
OrthoData," said George Emont, chairman of Intellirod Spine
"It is a great opportunity for me to join the Intellirod Spine founders and to develop this revolutionary micro-sensor
technology that will change the way surgeons think about spine fusion postoperatively. The device is destined
to reduce the cost of unnecessary exploratory surgeries and has the potential to return patients to their daily
activities more quickly".
Mr. Navarro holds bachelors and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University
and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College. He is also an inventor on 21 patents and has commercialized
numerous spine and operating room products.
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About Intellirod Spine
Intellirod Spine™ (formerly OrthoData Inc.) was founded by renowned spine surgeon Rolando M. Puno, M.D. and professors from the University of Louisville. The company is developing a wireless implantable microelectronic spinal rod strain sensor. This innovative strain monitoring system will allow spine surgeons to objectively assess the strain on implanted spinal fusion rods.