Bjorn Rindal joined Synergy Spine Solutions in 2017 and has more than two decades of experience within the design and development of innovative orthopedic medical device technologies.
Based out of our Louisville, Colorado headquarters Bjorn’s role encompasses a broad portfolio of responsibilities that draw on his expertise in theoretical analysis and project planning in spine, knee, hip and sports medicine products.
We spoke to Bjorn about the highlights of his time working with the team, his current role and the future of the Synergy Disc.
Tell us about your experience working with the Synergy Spine Solutions team.
“I joined the engineering team who pioneered the Synergy Disc during the late stages of its development in 2011. It became my opportunity to carry the torch and support continued development of the Synergy Disc and to go beyond that to build Synergy Spine Solutions.
“I don’t think of my role here as a job, it provides me with the opportunity to do a lot of things that I love to do. Working from home due to Covid made clear the value of the opportunity that Synergy Spine Solutions has provided me. I am driven by the challenges to solve and to be provided the tools to solve those challenges has been an amazing opportunity.”
What does your role encompass and how has it changed?
“As the Principal Engineer my role is new product development, but it also includes the other technical aspects of the business and the quality system like managing the supply chain, risk management, labeling, packaging, sterilisation, biological evaluation, and responding to customer feedback when it is a technical or engineering challenge for the organization.
“I am working closely with our Vice President of regulatory and quality, Michelle Hackmann to support the transition from MDD to MDR and separate regulatory requirements for the UK and Switzerland, among others.
“This role has given me the chance to learn a whole range of things I wouldn’t have done otherwise.”
What most excites you about the future of Synergy Spine Solutions?
“We are preparing the final regulatory details and will be launching a new instrument set, Inline, for the Synergy Disc where our goal is to transform feedback from the market into a compact and efficient surgical instrument set which includes disassembly of instruments that pose known cleaning and sterilization challenges, a slide hammer to improve the technique for the procedural steps requiring instrument removal, and an integrated adjustable hard anterior stop for insertion that works across the Trials, Pilot Cutters, and for the implantation of the device.
“My focus at the moment is supporting the IDE study in the US as an engineer and technical expert, but while we’re doing that we have a good umbrella under which to build other technologies and we have a number of products on the horizon at the moment that we’re working on and development of products continues. We are looking forward to introducing new ideas to the market.”
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