As a healthcare industry analyst in the 1980s, Anthony Viscogliosi identified a marked acceleration in the role of orthopedic surgeons in developing innovative methods of bone and joint treatment. He foresaw that an aging population would increasingly seek out new hip and knee joint replacement and spine repair technologies leading to what is now a $41 billion global marketplace in orthopedic devices.
In 1999, he and his brothers, Marc and John, founded Viscogliosi Bros. LLC (VB) to encourage and help surgeons develop and introduce new devices to help restore motion as well as eliminating arthritis pain or conditions such as diabetes. For example, VB created Spine Solutions, Inc., a maker of the first artificial spine discs, acquired in 2003 by what is now J&J Depuy Synthes.
VB subsequently either created or invested in 40 orthopedics-focused companies. These include Small Bone Innovations, Inc., Paradigm Spine, LLC and Knee Creations LLC. Small Bone Innovations invested significantly in developing technologies that have dramatically reduced the need for amputation of lower limbs affected by diabetes.
The firm can claim to have helped commercialize 90 patented products of which most have obtained U.S. FDA approval. VB has also raised more than $620 million in private investment in promising orthopedic technologies.
Anthony received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters-Honors Causa (DH.L) from the NY College of Podiatric Medicine in 2007, and received his BS in economics from the University of Michigan in 1984.
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