New Talent Strengthens Orchid Design’s Position as Industry Leader

Holt, MI, January 27, 2012 --( Orchid Design, the orthopedic industry leader in product design, development and regulatory services, announces hiring of two new strategic leaders to support its business growth for 2012 and beyond. Poised for growth in the dynamic orthopedic surgical device industry, Orchid Design added Kyle Mullens, Business Development Manager, and Chris Scifert, PhD. Engineering Manager, of the Memphis Design Center, as part of a recent initiative to expand sales and support of their customer’s product development initiatives.

Mr. Mullens’ experience and previous roles include Director of Business Development at Secant Medical, a technology company with expertise in biomedical textiles and Product Manager at K2M, Inc., a spinal device company, where he led product commercialization efforts for a portfolio of minimally invasive spinal implants and instruments. Prior to K2M, Mr. Mullens, who holds a B.S. in Plastics Engineering from Ferris State University in Michigan, executed Business Development and growth strategies for A.Schulman, Inc., an engineered polymer resin manufacturer. Leveraging his business growth and device experience, Mr. Mullens’ role at Orchid Design will be focused on expanding the company’s sales in the orthopedic market.

Prior to joining Orchid Design, Dr. Scifert served as Sr. Manager, Product Development at Medtronic Spinal and Biologics where he executed engineering projects and group management responsibilities for intradiscal and extradiscal dynamic stabilization systems and semi-rigid tumor/trauma technologies as well as becoming a certified Lean Sigma Green Belt for supporting the continuing improvement efforts at Medtronic. Dr. Scifert’s additional experience includes managing engineering projects as a Sr. Engineer and Project Manager at Smith & Nephew focusing on early intervention knee and shoulder systems. Dr. Scifert received his B.S. in Engineering Sciences and Mechanics at the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa with his Doctoral Dissertation entitled ‘A Finite Element Investigation into the Biomechanics of Total Artificial Hip Dislocation’

Commenting on the recent additions, Steve Maguire, General Manager of Orchid Design, said the expansion of the company’s management team talent was carefully timed. “Our customers are continually looking to find strategic partners to support their growth and cost containment initiatives. Kyle and Chris will provide enhanced strategic thinking and experience to help Orchid Design better serve our customers.”

About Orchid Design: Orchid Design, a division of Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, is the orthopedics industry leader in innovative surgical device Design, Development and Regulatory submission services. Utilizing their ISO 13485 certified product development process, Orchid Design partners with device companies to help bring their ideas to life and streamline the pathway to commercial launch. The company has two design centers located in Shelton, CT and Memphis, TN, focused on the orthopedic medical device market.

Find out more about how partnering with Orchid Design can reduce your time to revenue and create competitive advantages for your business. Contact Kyle Mullens, Business Development Manager, at (203) 922-0105 or at

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Abbie Woolston