Twin Cities med-tech start-up looks to shake up orthopedics market

ows_146268075142532 (1)Minnesota is home to more than 600 medical technology companies, and virtually all of them began when someone decided to build a business around a new medical device.

Responsive Orthopedics is different. Started by veteran Twin Cities med-tech executive Doug Kohrs and two partners, Responsive Orthopedics began with the realization of a once-in-a-lifetime sales opportunity for reasonably priced medical devices, spurred by macroeconomic changes underway in the U.S. health care system.

Kohrs and his partners realized that the ongoing transition to a financial model known as “bundled payments” is rapidly creating a new market for low-cost, standardized medical devices. But the major device makers are unwilling to sell such models because the prices are too low, and venture capital firms are reluctant to fund start-ups without the promise of premium pricing someday.


About Peter Coffaro 1134 Articles

A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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