Leading orthopaedic surgeons from China and Brazil have visited Sheffield healthcare company JRI Orthopaedics.
A delegation of 18 specialist hip surgeons from throughout China toured JRI’s manufacturing facility at Chapeltown.
Last year the company secured regulatory approval to sell its cemented, uncemented and revision hip product portfolio in China and signed an exclusive distribution deal with Bejiing-based AK Medical – China’s largest domestic orthopaedic producer. It is also sub-manufacturing AK Medical implants at Chapeltown for sale in China in a three-year deal worth £2m in 2017.
The Chinese surgeons also visited JRI Orthopaedic’s recently opened UK Centre of Excellence for joint replacement at Castle Hill Hospital, Hull.
The company has worked in partnership with the local NHS Trust to establish the Hull and East Yorkshire Regional Arthroplasty Centre (HEYRAC) which will have a key role in clinical research, sharing of best practice and the development of new hip replacement products and surgical techniques.
JRI Orthopaedics chief operating officer Jerry Agass said: “HEYRAC opened in June and is already proving a magnet for visiting orthopaedic surgeons to observe procedures, learn about complex and revision case planning and the latest JRI implants and surgical techniques.
“The visiting Chinese surgeons not only got the chance to see our implants being manufactured but gained a valuable insight into the clinical and research pathways within a UK teaching hospital.”