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 Company History

​​​​​​What is now Orthofix International began in Verona, Italy, from the work of orthopedic researcher Giovanni De Bastiani, of the University of Verona. Toward the end of the 1970s, De Bastiani proposed the concept of "dynamization," based on the natural ability of bone to repair itself. He developed a modular system of external axial frame devices that could be fitted to a bone, allowing micromovement at the fracture site to stimulate bone healing. Together with a group of surgeons and an industrial engineer,​ De Bastiani founded Orthofix in 1980 in order to continue the development of these devices and to bring them to market. ​By the 1990s, our products were sold in more than 60 countries.​

Today, Orthofix is a diversified, global medical device company focused on improving patients' lives by providing superior reconstructive and regenerative orthopedic and spine solutions to physicians worldwide. Headquartered in Lewisville, TX, the company has four strategic business units that include BioStim, Biologics, Extremity Fixation and Spine Fixation. Orthofix products are widely distributed via the company's sales representatives, distributors and subsidiaries. In addition, Orthofix is collaborating on research and development activities with leading clinical organizations such as the MTF Biologics, the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

For more Orthofix milestones, please view the timeline below.​​


  • 2014

    Launched Centurion POCT System.

    Launched Galaxy UNYCO.

    FDA 510K clearance and CE Mark approval of LONESTAR™ Cervical Stand Alone System.

    Secured exclusive licensing and distribution agreement for the Samba-Screw® SI Fixation System.

  • 2013

    Launch of Trinity ELITE® Allograft with Viable Cells to enhance bone fusion in patients with musculoskeletal defects. This tissue has the unique feature of being fully moldable.

    ​Full market release for VersaShield™.

    Launched Galaxy Wrist Fixator, Contours VPS®-3 and Contours PHP.

  • 2012

    Launched Galaxy Fixation in International Markets.

    Launched TL-HEX (TrueLok Hexapod System) in International Markets.

  • 2011

    Full market release of Collage™ synthetic bone graft substitute.

    Launched Ankle Compression Nail.

  • 2010

    Launched Firebird® Deformity System.

    Launched Phoenix® Minimally Invasive Spinal Fixation System.

    Launched quad-Plate - Guided Growth System.

  • 2009

    Launched Firebird® Spinal Fixation System (SFS).

    Launched LRS ADVanced and Prefix II Fixator*.

  • 2008

    ​Entered in co-development agreement with the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation as tissue processor to launch Trinity Evolution® Allograft with Viable Cells.

  • 2007

    Entered into licensing with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Launched the TrueLok Ring Fixator.

    Launched Calcaneal Fixator.

  • 2006

    Acquired privately-held spinal implants and biologics technology firm, Blackstone Medical, Inc.

    Launched three new internal systems for upper and lower trauma indications: Centronail System, Veronail System and Contours VPS (Volar Plating System).

  • 2004

    Acquired Breg, Inc., a bracing and pain management manufacturer adding $60 million in annual revenues.

    Cervical-Stim® bone growth stimulator receives PMA approval as the only cervical spine fusion enhancement system.

    Acquired and launched the eight-Plate Guided Growth System.

    Launched Prefix Fixator.

  • 2003

    Launched Gotfried PC.C.P. (Percutaneous Compression Plating for Pertrochanteric Hip Fractures).

  • 2001

    Launched XCaliber Fixator, XCaliber Screws, ISKD* and Sheffield Ring Fixator.

  • 2000

    Acquired Kinesis Medical, Inc. and the Orthotrac Pneumatic Vest technology.

    Launched Small Blue DAF.

  • 1998

    Launched Radiolucent Wrist Fixator, Hydroxyapatite Coated Screws and Pertrochanteric Fixator.

  • 1996

    Launched Hybrid Fixation System.

  • 1995

    Acquired American Medical Electronics Inc., U.S. manufacturing and distribution network, including Spinal-Stim® and Physio-Stim® bone growth stimulation technology.

    Launched Pennig II Fixator, Stainless Steel Nailing System, ProCallus Fixator and Fragment Fixation System.

  • 1994

    Launched Pennig Minifixator and Elbow Fixator.

  • 1993

    Acquired Orthosonics and OSCAR Ultrasonic Cement Removal technology.

    Launched Pelvic Fixator.

  • 1992

    Orthofix listed on NASDAQ as OFIX.

    Acquired Novamedix Ltd. and A-V Impulse System technology.

  • 1991

    Launched Pennig I Fixator.

  • 1988

    Launched IOWA Pelvis.

  • 1987

    Launched Limb Reconstruction System.

  • 1985

    Launched MiniRail System.

  • 1984

    Launched Small Fixator (30000 series).

  • 1981

    Launched Limb Lengthener (20000 series).

  • 1980

    Orthofix founded in Verona, Italy as a manufacturer of modular external fixation devices.