noon – 1:00 p.m. Hear from Coen Wijdicks
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Reflection & Dialogue
The purpose of the Arthrex Department of Orthopedic Research is to provide timely scientific evidence of innovative technologies and novel approaches to surgical treatments. This presentation will cover the departmental organization, success metrics, dive deep into the topic of advancements surrounding ACL Reconstruction and further define our strategy and vision for the future.
Coen A. Wijdicks, PhD, is currently Director of Orthopedic Research at Arthrex. He is responsible for providing timely scientific evidence of innovative technologies and novel approaches to surgical treatments that are Helping Surgeons Treat Their Patients Better™. He leads a global team of more than 35 employees with specializations in the field of biomechanics, biomaterials and clinical research. The team supports more than 300 ongoing research initiatives, the annual publication of approximately 100 high-impact publications and 400 internal test reports required for regulatory purposes annually. He began working for Arthrex in 2014 as the Director of Orthopedic Research at the Arthrex European Union headquarters in Munich Germany, establishing the division within the EU before his promotion to lead the department globally in 2019. Prior to working at Arthrex, Coen was Senior Staff Scientist and directed the BioMedical Engineering Department at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. Coen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University, a Master of Science degree from Rush University Graduate College and received his Doctoral degree from the University of Oslo in collaboration with the University of Minnesota. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific articles in high-impact journals, presented more than 180 abstracts to national and international meetings, and, along with his colleagues, has received awards for overall excellence in research.