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Quebec: A Growing Orthopaedic Innovation Hub

By Robert Poggie

North of the U.S. border, about a six-hour drive from New York City, lies the Canadian province of Quebec. Known for the French language, the iconic hotel Chateau Frontenac, maple syrup, hockey, snow, vast woodlands and countless lakes, it’s also home to a robust orthopaedic industry characterized by innovation, research, a history of achievement, manufacturing prowess and investment. Since the 1960s, private companies, government, education and healthcare institutions and pre-clinical research organizations have coalesced into an engine for commercializing innovative products. This article spotlights the people, companies and products — many of whom I’ve worked with — that have placed Quebec firmly on the world map as an orthopaedic center of excellence.

Leaders in Education and Orthopaedic Research

Significant contributions to orthopaedic innovation can in part be traced back to 1967 and the founding of the Jo Miller Laboratory at the Montreal General Hospital/McGill University. Originally planned for biological and surgical research, the lab, led by Jo Miller, M.D., quickly evolved into a center for biomechanical and materials testing.

From the 1970s to mid-1980s, original pioneering research was performed on porous coated implants, bone ingrowth, fixation and stress-related peri-implant bone remodeling, development of improved bone cements and cementing techniques and commercial implant designs such as the MultiRadius and Miller-Galante knee systems.

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