Our Story

Our flagship product, intellijoint HIP®, was initially born out of a final year university design project. Engineering student Armen Bakirtzian came up with the idea for a product to make hip replacement surgeries more accurate after discussions with his orthopaedic surgeon father. Armen teamed up with colleagues Richard Fanson and Andre Hladio to pitch the idea at Next Top Young Entrepreneur Start-Up Pitch Competition in 2010.

After winning the competition and securing an initial round of investment, the three entrepreneurs co-founded Intellijoint Surgical and began the journey to bring intellijoint HIP to market. Today, intellijoint HIP has obtained both a Health Canada license and has been cleared by the FDA. The product has been utilized by surgeons in hundreds of procedures in the US and Canada. The company will continue to expand into other areas, including knee arthroplasty and other surgical applications in the near future.

Key Milestones

2010

  1. Intellijoint Surgical (formerly Avenir Medical) founded

2013

  1. Intellijoint Surgical receives ISO 13485 certification

  2. Intellijoint Surgical granted its first key method and system patent by US Patent Office for “Aligning a Prosthesis during Surgery Using Active Sensors”

  3. intellijoint HIP awarded Health Canada Device Medical Licence

  4. First clinical use of intellijoint HIP at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada

    Read the Globe and Mail article.

2014

  1. Intellijoint Surgical receives FDA clearance for intellijoint HIP

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  2. Limited Launch of intellijoint HIP

  3. First surgery performed using intellijoint HIP in the United States

    Read the Becker's Spine Review article.

2015

  1. The next generation of intellijoint HIP awarded Health Canada  Medical Device Licence 

  2. First clinical use & launch of the next generation of intellijoint HIP in Canada

    Read the Press Release.

  3. Intellijoint Surgical granted key patent by US Patent Office related to its core technology for “Method and system for aligning a prosthesis during surgery”

    Read the Press Release.

  4. Intellijoint Surgical receives FDA clearance for Next Generation of intellijoint HIP

    Read the Press Release.

2016

  1. Intellijoint Surgical awarded North American Frost & Sullivan Enabling Technology Leadership Award

    Read the Press Release.

  2. First surgery performed using the next generation of intellijoint HIP in the  US

  3. Launch of the next generation of intellijoint HIP in select US cities

  4. 400th surgery performed using intellijoint HIP

  5. Intellijoint Surgical wins Futurpreneur Shopify True Grit Award 2016

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  6. First successful clinical use of intellijoint HIP’s Direct Anterior Approach Application

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2017

  1. Intellijoint Surgical® receives FDA clearance for intellijoint HIP® Anterior

    Read the Full Press Release
  2. Intellijoint Surgical® celebrates 1,000 procedures completed with [IntellijointHIP]® by launching 1000 Thanks campaign.

     

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