PITTSBURGH, PA. (May 4, 2012) – Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., developing the next
generation of “smart” surgical instruments providing precise robotic control for use in orthopedic
procedures, announced today the formation of the company’s Scientific Advisory Board,
comprised of world leaders in orthopedics, computer assisted surgery, and other specialties
important to the company’s development pipeline.
Blue Belt Technologies’ board is co-chaired by Jess H. Lonner, MD and Andrew D. Pearle, MD.
Dr. Lonner is Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at the Rothman Institute and Associate Professor of
Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, based in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Lonner has
authored nearly 200 peer reviewed scientific publications and chapters and published several
prominent textbooks on knee replacement surgery. Dr. Pearle is an Orthopedic Surgeon at the
Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. He is a team physician for the New York Mets
and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Techniques in Knee Surgery. He has
authored over 100 scientific papers.
“Blue Belt has assembled an outstanding group of scientific advisors who have a long track
record of innovation. I am honored to be a part of this visionary group. Combining the
NavioPFS™ technology with this dynamic Blue Belt team is exciting and I am confident that we
can create products that fundamentally impact and improve the care of our patients.” said Dr.
Andrew Pearle on the assemblage of the Blue Belt Technologies Scientific Advisor Board.
The board’s esteemed members also include:
Professor Johan Bellemans, MD, PhD – a professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Catholic
University Leuven, Belgium, and chairman of the Orthopaedic Department at the Catholic
University Hospitals Leuven and Pellenberg, Belgium.
Professor David Murray, MD – a professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford,
and a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford. Dr. Murray
is specifically working with Blue Belt Technologies to continue developing applications for the
hip utilizing NavioPFS.
S. David Stulberg, MD – is the Director and Founder of the Joint Reconstruction and
Implantation Service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and at the Rehabilitation Institute of
Chicago and Rush North Shore Medical Center.
Dr. Jess Lonner added “Blue Belt Technologies is poised to further advance the field of
robotically assisted orthopaedic surgery. We have a uniquely qualified Scientific Advisory
Board with surgeon members that offer a breadth of valuable surgical experience and a proven
history of commitment to implant development and smart tool innovation. I am so pleased to be
working alongside BBT and my esteemed colleagues to help develop the NavioPFS system.”
The strong advisory board built by Blue Belt Technologies will help guide development and
commercialization of the NavioPFS orthopedic surgical system with an initial indication of Unicondylar Knee Replacement.
They will additionally provide key clinical insight and support for future product development efforts.
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc.
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. is developing the next generation of “smart” surgical instruments
for use initially in orthopedic procedures and then for other surgical specialties including
neurosurgery, spinal and otolaryngology (“ENT”). The company’s NavioPFS System
incorporates patented technology to provide precise robotic control to surgeons via an intelligent,
handheld, computer assisted bone cutting tool. The NavioPFS System provides the surgeon with
a layer of safety and enhanced accuracy while performing bone shaping tasks through minimally
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