We Develop. We Focus. We Innovate.

US Flag Inspired and Developed
in America
German & US Flag Made in USA
Made in Europe

We Develop.

Our company has a growing portfolio of patents and pending patents exclusively focused in musculoskeletal healthcare sector and its distinctive surgical offerings.

We Focus.

We focus on investing in and developing technologies that improve patient outcomes and reduce cost of implants for the healthcare industry.

We Innovate.

We partner with busy surgeons with a convenient no-hassle process that helps them develop and better monetize innovative product ideas.


World-Class Engineering

All startups companies have two enemies, cash burn and time. GLW has assembled a Research & Development (“R&D”) team which can, and has, “hit the ground running” resulting in projects moving faster than what is usual and customary in our industry. We look for ways to maximize speed to market without sacrificing quality or core competency. Our R&D team has the ability to evaluate a product strategy, frame up ideas and prototype concepts (working closely with design surgeons and internal engineering staff to gather feedback and design input), and then implements product solutions quickly and effectively.

Quality Management System

GLW believes that committing assets to the implementation and maintenance of a robust Quality Management System (“QMS”) is the way to “future-proof” our investment in a startup. We are ISO13485:2016 certified and in compliance with FDA 21 CFR part 820 Quality System Regulations with particular focus on: 1) Design Control; 2) Risk Management; 3) Document Control & Records Management; and 4) Supplier Management. Our QMS is overseen by quality, regulatory, and legal professionals with decades of combined experience in medical devices.

Surgeon Centric Design Process

Design surgeons are an integral part of our design and development process. We assemble surgeon design teams specifically to each product and collect design and other product input from them. We identify the risks and concerns that surgeon design teams identify and then work systematically to mitigate those risks and address those concerns one after the next. Design surgeons are invaluable to our business strategy as they are the window into our future customer base. This approach, implementing design surgeon know-how from the start of the development process, is one of the key factors that makes investing in medical devices exciting.

Engaging physicians throughout all phases of development, from design concept through prototype development and feasibility, and eventually marketing and educational strategies, allows a GLW startup to provide a laser-focused approach to streamlining the entire process of bringing a product to market. This has vastly improved the speed of development and has shortened the turnaround time of implant design, generation, and manufacture.

From Intellectual Property (“IP”) to Investable Intellectual Portfolio

We are passionate about our IP strategizing. Does the company have the freedom to operate in that field? What licenses might one need from third parties? We don’t waste money filing patent applications that are not essential to our product portfolio strategy. We restrict applications to those inventions that are worthwhile and those territories where there will have determined there will be a market or where we will be manufacturing. At the same time, we do not have tunnel-vision with respect to our IP strategy; we continuously consider and evaluate territories and markets where we might one day want to operate and do not limit ourselves only to those we are in today.

Scalable Manufacturing

A successful product design process must proactively consider and account for what is needed for the end goal of manufacturing. We create functional prototypes using design that contemplates at every juncture the relevant manufacturability practices. Investing in scalable manufacturing processes while reducing implant cost is at the core of GLW business model.

Our innovative manufacturing processes do not restrict us in ways that traditional manufacturing currently does. This has given us significant degrees of freedom to allow for innovative designs that have never before been seen in the orthopedic market.

The Value Of Our Network

Engagement with end users is also very important to our product development process. Our team has an extensive collective network in the orthopedic and wider medical device marketplace including physicians, operators in manufacturing companies, and operators in distribution companies.

Through our deep network, we can build a vast body of knowledge in a short period of time. Members of GLW have worked diligently to build their relationships within the industry over the course of decades. These relationships make it possible to address and resolve very complex problems simply by making a quick phone call and having an informal conversation with some of the best minds in the industry.

Design Quality Expertise IP Protection Manufacturing Network
(Hover over any sections
of the wheel)
(Click any section
of the wheel)


Collaborate to Create

We invest in surgeon entrepreneurs with great ideas and provide them with the advice, direction, resources, and funding required to start bringing their product visions to life. We use our shared services business model to create medical device startups and help set their strategies, provide key employees, optimize business development opportunities and help raise capital.

Inner Entrepreneur

Because of our unique background and expertise, we are able to develop, and commercialize products with a great amount of confidence and proven talent. We relentlessly support ambitions of all who dare to take on intelligent risk. We refuse to be bound by typical design and manufacturing constraints. Where solutions are not obvious, we maintain the freedom to explore until we find them.

Assisting and Guiding Innovation-Based Companies

We are a company that invents, discovers, invests in, and incubates innovation-based orthopedic medical technologies. As intensely hands-on operators, we are involved in all aspects of our portfolio companies from technology development to business building. It’s about the people, and it’s about building relationships. These two principles are at the foundation of our philosophy.


GLW Medical Innovation is led by a committed group of professionals, EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP, BOARD OF DIRECTORS and BOARD ADVISORY COMMITTEE, with numerous years of experience in medical device and technology development. Their passion and vision are what drives GLW Medical Innovation each and every day.

To build a company that legitimately elevates the standards of its industry, one critical success factor is strong, intelligent, and insightful leadership. GLW’s EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP is comprised of some of the industry’s most experienced, motivated and innovative decision makers.

Executive Leadership

Board Advisory Committiee

Corporate Leadership

Carbon22 Leadership Team

Altior Trauma Leadership Team

Vadim Gurevich

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Gurevich has an extensive business career with over 20 years of leadership experience in medical technology. He has a documented record of success spanning a broad spectrum of disciplines, including orthopedic trauma, foot & ankle, urogynaecology, general surgery and neurosurgery with extensive M&A, licensing, and post-acquisition integration expertise. His career encompasses a series of executive and senior decision-making positions at Stryker Orthopaedics, Integra LifeSciences, Synovis Surgical (Baxter BioSurgery), and Gyrus Medical (Olympus).

Axel Cremer

Chief Technology Officer

Mr.Cremer brings over 15 years of product development, design and management experience in the orthopaedics industry. As senior manager and technical leader at Stryker Orthopaedics, he has led the development of T2 IM nails, Hoffmann 3 external fixation, Pelvis Pro and Axsos 3 plating product platforms. Axel is one of the industry’s leading experts in titanium plating technologies, having spearheaded the global development for the Axsos 3 plating system at Stryker. He also directed Stryker’s strategic relationship with the US Department of Defense and led the engineering efforts to design the Hoffmann external fixation system for the military in order to be prepared to treat casualties in an austere environment. Axel holds over 100 patents and was the primary trauma representative for all Stryker US based interdivisional projects. He was involved in multiple business development evaluations for Stryker and acted as the point of contact for trauma surgeons submitting product development ideas to the company.

John Haller

John Haller has extensive experience in Global Supply Chain Management and is currently Chief Quality & Operations Officer at Convatec. He spent 25 years with Stryker Corporation where he held the position of Vice President, Global Supply with responsibility for a team of 12,000 employees located at 43 manufacturing sites around the world. John was a member of the United States Army and left the service with the rank of Captain.

Lisa Ferrara, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Ferrara is currently the CEO/President of OrthoKinetic Technologies LLC, an independent consulting firm whose purpose is to guide medical device companies in the areas of regulatory and preclinical strategies for FDA submissions. She is also CEO of OrthoKineticTesting Technologies, LLC, a medical device testing facility that provides a ‘one stop shop’ for medical device evaluation, from proof of concept to commercialization. She has received numerous accolades, was involved with the Medical Device Advisory Committee to the FDA, and is widely published, provides frequent lectures, serves on multiple scientific and medical advisory boards.

Keith L. Wapner, MD

Surgeon Affairs &
Compliance Officer

Dr. Wapner is a Clinical Professor Orthopedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania where he is the Chief of the Division of Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery and served as Director of the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program. He has published 98 peer reviewed articles and authored 41 textbook chapters related to Foot and Ankle Surgery. He has had numerous positions within the AOFAS serving on the Board of Directors of the AOFAS and served as President in 2010. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Foot & Ankle International. Dr. Wapner has been involved in product development for over 20 years and has extensive experience in product evaluations and surgeon education.

Arundhati Radhakrishnan

Director of Quality &
Regulatory Affairs

Thomas H. Lee, MD

Carbon22 Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Lee has been active in education and research with over 70 peer reviewed publications and was a co recipient for the prestigious Roger Mann Award for best paper for his work with the STAR Total Ankle. He has worked closely with several extremity companies as a design surgeon. His innovative development work has included partnerships with Wright Medical Corporation (Inbone TAR, Infinity TAR, Prophecy CT guided targeting, Valor IM Nail, 3di Fracture Systems, 3di forefoot plating, Claw plating system, Darco Titanium plating system, Charcot frame system), Stryker Corporation (Sonic Anchor system, Jones Fracture Screw system). He has also been an active co-owner in start up Orthopedic companies including Nexa Corporation (sold to Tornier), Darco Corporation (sold to Wright Medical), Therics Biologics (sold to Theken), Bledsoe Corporation (sold to Breg corporation), and Surgical Care Affiliates (sold to Aetna). He is currently active in hospital and orthopedic development within China, India, and Brazil.

Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Dr. Lowell Weil, Jr. is the CEO of the world renowned Weil Foot & Ankle Institute (WFAI). WFAI has over 20 locations in Chicago, as well as offices in Wisconsin, Indiana, Virginia, Maryland and Texas. He is a founding partner of Foot and Ankle Business Innovations (FABI), a group focused on increasing physicians practice efficiencies and profitability. With his MBA and extensive management experience, Lowell has been involved with surgical and product innovation for his entire career. As the lead U.S. surgeon consultant for Newdeal Technologies (Newdeal), he helped in getting their products to market, spearheading the relationship between Newdeal and Wright Medical. He played a major role in the evolution of Memometal Technologies (MMI), being a part of the design team and generating IP that created the Anchorage plating system. Lowell pioneered and developed what ultimately became the Complete Plantar Plate System (CPR) by Arthrex and is currently a member of the development teams at Treace Medical Systems and Novastep.

Steven S. Sands, DO

Dr. Sands is an orthopedic trauma surgeon in Oklahoma City, OK where has established a busy fracture care practice while pursuing a passion for innovation.  He has completed orthopedic trauma fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Sands has been involved in product development for over 10 years and has extensive experience in product evaluations and surgeon education. He enjoys collaborating with talented engineers to push the limits of what is currently available to create a portfolio of products for surgeons who demand superior outcomes.

Walter W. Virkus, MD

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Dr. Virkus is a Director of Orthopaedic Trauma, Indiana University where he is the Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has completed trauma fellowships at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, followed by an orthopedic oncology fellowship at the University of Florida. Dr. Virkus provides patients with the latest techniques in treating acute fractures, nonunions, and bone infections. He has been involved in product development for over 15 years and has extensive experience in product evaluations and surgeon education. He speaks regularly at numerous national and international meetings.

Our Portfolio

Altior is a commercial-stage trauma design and development company driving a paradigm shift in the surgical treatment of intertrochanteric fractures (commonly known as hip fractures).

Learn more
Carbon22 is a commercial-stage musculoskeletal foot & ankle company focused on the design and development of implants utilizing unique manufacturing technology that greatly enhances visualization of bony structures.

Learn more
GLW Instruments is a company that specializes in pre-packaged, sterile, high-quality single-use instruments and procedure kits that eliminate reprocessing costs. Inventory ready designs for on-demand orthopedic procedures.

Learn more


Thank you for your interest in contacting us. Browse the information below to find the best contact for your inquiry.
Let’s create the future of surgery together.