Arbutus Medical improves access to surgical power tools 

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Most medical device companies aren’t driven by a social mission, but Arbutus Medical has built their company into a leader for engineering radically affordable orthopedic surgery tools in order to further their mission of “safe surgery for all.”

Through expert medical engineering and creative innovation, Arbutus Medical has designed and commercialized a portfolio of medical devices that can improve care for millions of patients, animal or human, worldwide. Their flagship product, the DrillCover, is a sterilizable enclosure that allows surgeons to use an off-the-shelf hardware drill for orthopedic surgery. 

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“Our goal as a company is to use ‘frugal innovation’ to develop devices that break down barriers to safe surgery,” says Lawrence Buchan, CEO and co-founder of Arbutus Medical. “We are passionate about democratizing safe surgery and making it accessible for all by providing radically affordable tools. Overly expensive surgical tools are a barrier to care and pose an added strain to healthcare systems worldwide. We are providing affordable surgical equipment that is accessible to all and helps to alleviate this financial burden. This applies to human as well as animal patients.”

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Arbutus Medical’s orthopedic products like the DrillCover provide surgical tools at 30 time less cost, while still providing veterinarians and surgeons with safe, reliable, high quality surgical tools. Their power tool systems have been used to treat over over 45,000 human patients and 28,000 animal patients across more than 30 countries.

“Our tools feature a reusable liquid and pathogen proof fabric cover that fully envelopes a robust, powerful and affordable hardware tool creating the perfect orthopaedic solution for the cost-conscious veterinarian,” says Buchan

While many veterinarians use Arbutus Medical’s surgical tools systems for canine knee surgeries, veterinary uses haven’t been limited to domestic pets. For example, a vet from the Baltimore Zoo took the DrillCover to Rwanda as part of a mission to treat endangered mountain gorillas. Another organization in in Costa Rica is using it to treat sick and orphaned wildlife like anteaters

To this day, Arbutus Medical still sticks to its roots for motivation. “What’s kept us focused in the long run is our mission and goal of “safe surgery for all,” says Buchan. “We continue to innovate and grow, all to further our mission of facilitating safe surgery to more patients, animal and human, around the world.”

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