At CurvaFix, we are a dedicated group of health professionals, committed to improving patients’ quality of life with leading-edge treatment technologies.
Our company began with the inspiration that there must be a better way to repair fractures of the curved bones of the pelvis than existing straight screws that can’t follow a curve, or bone plates that require invasive surgery. Dr. Robert Meek, an Orthopedic Surgeon since 1974 and former Founder and Head Division of Ortho Trauma Vancouver General Hospital & University of British Columbia (Canada) pursued his vision for a curved implant by initiating a research project. In partnership with Dr. Robin Coope, PhD, and Robin’s team at Genome Science Centre at BC Cancer, the project focused on minimally invasive curved internal fixation.
A Seattle-based venture capital (VC) firm, now called Allied Inventors, sponsored some of the early research. Later, the VC brought in Steve Dimmer to lead an evaluation of the market opportunity, technology development milestones, intellectual property, and commercialization pathway for the research project. Mr. Dimmer, a seasoned med-tec entrepreneur, and now CurvaFix’s CEO, completed the evaluation and realized the clear, unmet need for curved bone fixation. He then took on the project, built an experienced team and later founded CurvaFix, Inc. to bring Dr. Meek’s innovation from concept to commercialization.
Steve Dimmer, President and CEO
- 5 medtec start-ups, 125+ patents, BSEE, MBA
- Founder and former CEO, Nuvaira
With 30 years of experience founding and building medical technology companies, Steve Dimmer has brought numerous medical device innovations from concept to commercialization. He recently served as an entrepreneur-in-residence for Ethicon, Inc. a Johnson & Johnson Company. He co-founded and served as CEO of Nuvaira, a catheter-based therapy for COPD and asthma currently being evaluated in a sham-controlled pivotal trial. Earlier, Steve was a founder and vice president of research and development at Calypso Medical (acquired by Varian). Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business, and has 125+ U.S. patents granted or pending.
Robert Meek, MD, Inventor and Chair, Surgeon Advisory Board
- Clin. Prof. Emeritus, UBC; Former Division Head Ortho. Trauma Vancouver Gen.
- Senior Trustee AO Foundation, BSc, MD, FRCSC
Believing there was a better way to repair pelvic fractures, Dr. Robert Meek is the visionary behind the CurvaFix concept. He currently chairs the surgeon advisory board. Dr. Meek is a Clinical Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, where he has been a member of the Faculty of Medicine for 45 years. In the early ‘80s he founded and became the first Head of the University and Vancouver General Divisions of Orthopaedic Trauma. At the Vancouver General Hospital, he held positions as President of the Medical Staff, Chief of Medical Staff and sat on the Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association which honored him with the Dr. John Border Lectureship. He served on the AO Foundation Board of Trustees and has held positions on the editorial boards of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and INJURY.
Bart Balkman, Chief Commercial Officer
- Vice president sales at 7 medtec start-ups
- Global commercial expertise launching innovative medical technologies and devices
Bringing a proven track record in commercializing novel medical devices in orthopedics and other medical specialties, Bart Balkman joined CurvaFix in the fall of 2020 as Chief Commercial Officer. He brings 30 years of global business development and sales experience for both large and emerging companies. He previously served as chief commercial officer at Shape Memory Medical, Inc. Prior to that he served as a corporate vice president at NuVasive, a position he’d assumed upon the purchase of Ellipse, where he was global vice president of sales and marketing overseeing the commercialization of a groundbreaking technology to treat complex skeletal deformities. Earlier, Bart held executive management positions at Arstasis, CardioKinetix, and Concentric Medical. He gained foundational sales experience with Medtronic, Edwards Laboratories, and Johnson & Johnson. Bart holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Oklahoma State University and completed the postgraduate Sales Management Executive Program at Columbia University.
Jeffrey Poole, Chief Financial Officer
- 15+ years, former CFO, Medtronic Spine and Biologics
With broad finance functional and operational expertise, Jeffrey Poole joined CurvaFix in the fall of 2021 as Chief Financial Officer. He brings fifteen years of global orthopedics expertise having lead multifunctional teams for both multinational and startup companies. He previously served as chief financial officer for Medtronic’s multi-billion dollar Spine and Biologics global business unit. Earlier in his career he held numerous financial management positions of increasing responsibility in Japan, Singapore, Australia and the United States. He has experience in M&A activities and portfolio planning initiatives. Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Clemson University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Lorraine Marshall Wright, Vice President, Global Marketing
- Former chief marketing officer, Calypso Medical, 25+ yrs. med device, RN, BSN, MBA
Possessing a passion for early stage product development, Lorraine Marshall Wright joined CurvaFix as vice president of global marketing in the fall of 2020. She brings more than 25 years of executive and consulting experience in medical device marketing in implantables, catheters, robotics, electromagnetic tracking and imaging. Her clients have included Nuvaira, Hansen Medical (Auris Health), Intuitive Surgical, Advanced Bionics, and Johnson & Johnson. Her executive positions have included global marketing roles at Philips, Acuson (Siemens) and Calypso Medical (Varian). Lorraine holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Carly Thaler, Director, Research and Development
- 20+ years mechanical engineering product development, BSE, MSE, PE
Bringing more than 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering product development, Carly Thaler oversees research and development for the CurvaFix® IM implant and instruments. Prior to joining CurvaFix, Carly led a team at Cardiac Dimensions, Inc. overseeing successful projects from concept through clinical trials. Earlier in her career, she spent several years working on design and development of a variety of orthopedic implants. Carly holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, a Master of Science in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego and a Professional Engineer designation in mechanical engineering from the state of California.
Board of Directors
Eric Bell, Managing Director, SpringRock Ventures
Steve Dimmer, CEO, CurvaFix
David Hovda, President, MedTech Advisors; former CEO, Simplify Medical
Tom Kang, CEO, CIO Allied Inventors
Marc-André Marcotte, Partner, Sectoral Asset Management
Trevor Moody, Partner, M.H. Carnegie & Company
Jeffrey Rydin, Director, Alphatec Spine; former President Global Sales, NuVasive
Michael Sjöström, Senior Partner, Sectoral Asset Management
Surgeon Advisory Board
Robert Meek, MD, Chair, Surgeon Advisory Board, Clinical Professor Emeritus, UBC; Former Division Head of Orthopaedic Trauma, Vancouver General, Senior Trustee AO Foundation
Amir Matityahu, MD, Chief of Orthopaedics, Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, Director of Pelvis and Acetabular Trauma Reconstruction at San Francisco General Hospital, Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of California, San Francisco
Samir Mehta, MD, Chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Care at the University of Pennsylvania, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Milton “Chip” Routt, MD, Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
G. Karl Van Osten, III, MD, Director, Orthopaedic Trauma Service, North Mississippi Medical Center