Delivering Innovation

Michael joined Globus in 2013 and has seen his career grow through hard work and dedication. He has a passion for delivering innovation and we’re proud to have him on our team! Read his interview below to learn more about Michael.

  • A Conversation With Michael

    Tell us about your career at Globus.

    I began my career at Branch Medical Group, a division of Globus Medical, in 2013. Both the company and I have grown tremendously since I started working here. Jeff, our department manager, creates an environment that makes it easy to learn. He gives his employees the opportunity and support we need to tackle new challenges, allowing me to grow my skills exponentially.

    Describe your position at Branch Medical.

    As Supervisor of the Swiss Lathe Department, it is my responsibility to help the manager run the department as smoothly as possible. Most of my time is spent setting up machines to run production. I’m also committed to helping employees when they encounter problems with the machines they are running. It provides me with an opportunity to help them advance their skills.

    What do you like most about working at Globus?

    My position always presents new obstacles to overcome and opportunities to learn which I really enjoy. I also find it very rewarding to be in a leadership position with the ability to help others achieve success at a higher level then they believed.

    What does it take to be successful at Globus?

    Anyone can be successful at Globus by working hard, striving for excellence in the details, and having compassion for those around you.

Neil: Director of Technology - Robotics

  • A Conversation With Neil

     

    Neil is our Director of Technology in the Methuen, MA office. He was a co-founder of Excelsius Surgical and has grown with the team since the beginning. Read on to learn more about his background and his thoughts on the future of surgical robotics.

    Tell us a little bit about your professional background.

    I started working in research at the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) in Phoenix in 1993, helping the neurosurgery department develop a new biomechanics lab. I received my PhD in Biomechanics from Arizona State University in 1996 while working full time at BNI. My dissertation was on the experimental and analytical methods that I had developed at BNI using human cadaveric spines to test the effects of different surgical implants and techniques on spinal stability and movement. I continued to direct biomechanics at BNI and worked closely with several spinal neurosurgeons during this time, especially Dr. Nicholas Theodore, who was a neurosurgery resident and later an attending surgeon at BNI. Dr. Theodore and I worked together on several biomechanics projects and frequently met over coffee to chat about ideas for innovation in spine surgery.

    In 2006, we were able to convince the BNI to fund development of our idea for a surgical robot, which eventually became Excelsius Surgical and the basis for the ExcelsiusGPS®. There were a lot of long hours spent during development of the first prototype—I would run biomechanics experiments during the day and in the evenings hook up the same the same optical tracking cameras to the robot to work on robotic software concepts.

    You were the co-founder of Excelsius Surgical and hold numerous technical patents related to surgical tools and implants. Where do you get your inspiration?

    My inspiration for patentable ideas often comes from a need that a surgeon discusses or a shortcoming that I notice in the process. Being in the lab for all those years, I was able to directly observe a lot of different new surgical implants, which would often fail in cadaveric spines in ways that the designers didn’t expect, and those failures can be very inspirational. In developing algorithms to automate testing of advanced concepts in biomechanics in the lab, I also gained knowledge about 3D transformations and optical tracking that has become useful in conceptualizing new patentable methods for tracking and displaying information about surgical tools.

    What do you like most about working at Globus?

    I like seeing ideas quickly become actual products or features, and then seeing users like surgeons and their staff become excited about these features. When I worked as a researcher, my ideas could take years until they were published, if at all.

    What do you see in the future of surgical robotics?

    The future of surgical robotics is very exciting. We are just beginning to use the ExcelsiusGPS® to help place screws, but there are so many other implants and procedures we can roboticize in spine surgery and in other specialities. We have big plans at Globus. I think robotic guidance for screw insertion may become the standard of care in the future, especially when we get to the point where screws can be placed faster, safer, and biomechanically better by the robot than freehand. In the future when people start to see how valuable it can be, competition will increase but we are well positioned for continued success.

Kevin: Milling CNC Machine Operator

  • A Conversation With Kevin

     

    Kevin is one of our Milling CNC Machine Operators in Audubon, PA. He has been with the Company since October 2015. We recently sat down with Kevin to discuss his many projects and find out what he likes best about the position.

    What do you like about working at Globus?

    There are many things I like about Globus, especially the amount of innovation. My job is very fulfilling and very challenging. I like coming to work and learning new things every day — I definitely find that here.

    What types of projects do you work on as a CNC operator?

    I work on many different projects as a machine operator. I run parts on machines to the tolerances and specifications on the print drawings and troubleshoot when parts fall out of tolerance. One thing I really enjoy is working closely with the Project Engineers. I’m able to provide insight and feedback on their prints if I notice areas where we could streamline processes. I’m excited about my job because we add value to the product development process and I love being part of this team that continues to deliver innovation with every new product.

Globus has created a “Spine Innovation Engine” that yields better and more refined products so patients can resume their lives as soon as possible. With over 100 people powering our development efforts, we believe that innovation can take many forms: from solutions that integrate advanced biomechanics with less anatomically disruptive implant designs to a novel instrument that speeds a routine procedure. Every product we offer benefits from our strength in product development, our foundation in basic and biomechanical research and our commitment to clinical research.

 

Product Development

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Biomechanical and Basic Research

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Clinical Research

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