The Bonebridge Story

The Bonebridge Story

Our vision

We want to become a most trusted and respected company in orthopaedic trauma. On this journey we feel it is most important that everyone at Bonebridge knows that anyone we love can sustain a fracture tomorrow. That’s why we commit to deliver least complex and highest quality solutions for fracture care. As a physician led company we put fundamental values first and we aim to be and remain close to clinical practice.

Meet the Team

The Bonebridge team stands for quick implementation of ideas and works hard to keep the time short in transforming a clinically derived solution into a marketable product. A set of skills and experiences in the fields of medicine, engineering, quality management, regulatory affairs and business administration helps the Bonebridge management team to constantly reduce complexity in all its processes and remain a company that stays focused and is easy accessible to the clinician.

Operative Team UNITED STATES

Jessie Dionne

Jessie Dionne

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B.Sc.

Executive VP & GM USA

Jessie Dionne joined Bonebridge in 2022 as the Executive Vice President and General Manager USA. He is responsible for all US Operations and leads the organization in the US. Jessie started his medical training in the U.S. Army including a tour in Afghanistan. Jessie then joined Synthes and developed a passion for orthopedic trauma. A veteran of the medical device sales industry, he has excelled with huge market leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, Smith & Nephew, Exactech and Nuvasive as well as start-ups like Sig Medical (acquired by Zimmer Biomet). Jessie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Millersville University, PA. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.

Tessa Kerecman

Tessa Kerecman

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B.Sc.

Associate Sales Consultant

In late 2022, Tessa joined Bonebridge as an Associate Sales Consultant within the US division. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the sales team within the US orthopaedic trauma and extremities market. Prior to joining Bonebridge, she began her professional career working as a surgical support specialist for a small medical device company specializing in spinal implants. Tessa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During her time as an undergraduate, she developed a research proposal focusing on the neurobiological rewards linked to endurance running.

Operative Team SWITZERLAND

Kis Baumgartner

Kis Baumgartner

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M.A.

Head of Supply Chain Management

Since October 2022, Kis is in charge of procurement and production planning, materials management, as well as purchasing and logistics at Bonebridge. After his studies in economics at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), he started his career in management consulting in Zurich and Stockholm. In subsequent years, he worked in various leadership positions in global enterprises, small- and medium sized companies, and startups. Kis is passionate about increasing the efficiency and efficacy along the whole supply chain. He possesses in-depth expertise in optimization, automatization and industrial digitalization and the respective procedural, infrastructural, and organizational transformations. He also has long-time experience in global business development, namely expanding into new product categories as well as exploring new procurement and sales markets. Kis Baumgartner holds a Master’s degree (M.A.) in Economics from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

Jorrit Bühlmann

Jorrit Bühlmann

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M.Sc.

Development Engineer

Jorrit Bühlmann works as a development engineer at Bonebridge. His main interests are in product development and he started his professional career in a product development company in Zurich, Switzerland. There he took responsibility for several projects running those from initial planning to serial production. In this position he also had the opportunity to work with well-known medical device companies. Since early 2022 he is part of the development team at Bonebridge and drives the further development of our product portfolio. Jorrit Bühlmann holds a M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from ETH Zurich.

Patrick Burki

Patrick Burki

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B.Sc.

CTO

Patrick joined Bonebridge in early 2019 and leads the Research & Developmemt team of the company. He started his professional career with an apprenticeship in construction and design engineering at Synthes. He then worked as a development engineer in different fields for DePuy Synthes/Mitek Sports Medicine and completed training as a mechanical engineer at the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Burgdorf, Switzerland. He then joined 41medical – a think tank and design & development company that grew out of the former Synthes innovation team. He led the Research & Development team of 41medical until joining Bonebridge in 2019. He continues a part-time affiliation with 41medical as a development engineer.

Sarah Bürki

Sarah Bürki

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M.Sc.

Clinical Affairs

Sarah is the Head of Clinical Affairs at Bonebridge. Sarah completed an apprenticeship as a dental technician and worked for several years in the dental industry. After having lived for 2 years in the United States she studied Health Science & Technology at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH/FIT) in Zurich, Switzerland. Sarah continued her post-graduate training performing clinical research at the Laboratory of Human Nutrition at ETH focusing on the bioavailability of trace elements and minerals. After leaving ETH Sarah worked for a Swiss consulting company primarily focusing on clinical evaluation of medical devices. Sarah holds a Master of Science degree in Health Sciences & Technology of the Federal Institute of Technology / ETH in Zurich, Switzerland.

Markus Fritschi

Markus Fritschi

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M.Sc.

Head of Sales Switzerland

Markus is the Head of Sales Switzerland at Bonebridge. After completing an apprenticeship as an electronics technician, Markus studied movement sciences at ETH in Zurich. He worked as a research assistant in the gait laboratory of the Children's Hospital in St. Gallen, Switzerland as well as in the biomechanics lab at ETH. Markus started his career as a field sales representative at Synthes (later Johnson & Johnson) before moving to Zimmer Biomet to work as a Field Product Manager and Business Development/Sales Manager. In these roles he has accumulated many years of industry experience. In addition to his work in traumatology, he has directly or indirectly served customers in sports medicine, elective foot surgery, biomaterials, power tools and capital equipment as a sales team leader. Markus holds a M.Sc. degree in Sports Biomechanics from ETH Zurich, as well as a degree as a medical technology consultant (shqa) from the University of Bern. He lives with his wife and their children in the Zurich Oberland area.

Christof Gerber

Christof Gerber

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M.D., M.A.

CEO and Founder

Christof started his professional career as an economist working in banking and finance in Zurich, Switzerland. He subsequently received undergraduate medical training at the University of Zurich as well as at the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, USA and at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. He went on to complete post-graduate medical training in Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine in Switzerland and is a Swiss Board certified anesthesiologist. Christof holds a Master’s degree (M.A.) in economics and a doctorate in medicine (M.D.) both from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He completed management programs at INSEAD and at Harvard Business School.

Michelle Gumpelmayer

Michelle Gumpelmayer

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M.Sc.

QM & RA

Michelle is a trained biotechnologist and her academic work focused on the analysis of iron- and magnetite-nanoparticles in the brain of Alzheimer’s disease patients. Prior to joining Bonebridge as a Quality and Regulatory Affairs specialist Michelle worked in quality management and regulatory affairs for several other medical device manufacturers in Switzerland. Having completed her master thesis at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC), at the University of Toulouse, Michelle holds a Master of Science degree in biotechnology of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna.

Alexander Häusler

Alexander Häusler

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M.A.

CFO and Founder

Alex has gained experience in various industries. He started his career working for two fast growing startups in the fashion industry – VIU Ventures AG based in Zurich and AMARO based in São Paulo, Brazil. Alex then held different positions at UBS in Zurich focusing mainly on data analysis in operational risk. He then moved on to work for of a small Swiss venture capital company investing mainly in early stage MedTech ventures. He soon discovered his interest for the fascinating world at the frontier of medicine, research and business and decided to co-found Bonebridge.

Laurent Müller

Laurent Müller

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M.A.

Marketing

Laurent joined the Bonebridge Team in early 2020 and is responsible for Marketing and Business Development at Bonebridge. Before joining the company he headed multiple start-ups in different business sectors and worked as a consultant. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration and Finance of the University of Bern. Laurent is a former professional Ice Hockey player in the Swiss and Finnish elite leagues and a four time Swiss Ice Hockey Champion. He is a former member of the Swiss Ice Hockey National Team.

Sara Probst

Sara Probst

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M.A.

Marketing & Communication

As part of Bonebridge’s Marketing team, Sara plans and executes various marketing and communication activities and writes content for digital and analog channels. She originally started her career as a research associate in executive search. Since then, she has worked as an editor, copywriter, and communication manager for international enterprises, small- and mid-sized companies, and NPOs. She holds a Master’s degree in English linguistics, American literature and education from the University of Berne, Switzerland and also completed a CAS Corporate Writer at Schweizerische Textakademie.

Mélanie Zemp

Mélanie Zemp

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B.Sc.

Business Intelligence

Mélanie Zemp works as a Business Intelligence specialist at Bonebridge. In this role, she oversees Bonebridge’s data management, is responsible for data generation, -preparation and – analysis at Bonebridge and works closely with the members of the management team. Mélanie started her professional career in 2021 with an internship at Bonebridge and has been part of the team ever since. Mélanie is studying for a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering at ETH in Zurich and works part-time at Bonebridge. She is an active clarinetist and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and Technology from ETH Zurich.

Board of directors

Christian Gerber

Christian Gerber

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M.D., FRCS Ed. (hon)

Chairman of the Board

Christian Gerber, MD, co-founded Bonebridge in 2018. He is an orthopaedic surgeon, scientist and medical teacher. Dr. Gerber is known for his extensive work on traumatic and atraumatic pathologies of the shoulder. He is the former Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. He has authored over 400 scientific articles and has received numerous awards for his contributions to the field of orthopaedics including the Neer Awards of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons on four occasions, the Kappa Delta OREF Clinical Research Award of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Research Society’s Arthur Steindler Award. Dr. Gerber holds a doctorate in medicine (M.D.) from the University of Bern, Switzerland and is a Professor emeritus at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is a honorary member of the Swiss Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (Swissorthopaedics) as well as a honorary member of the French Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (SOFCOT). He is a honorary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

Christoph Bangerter

Christoph Bangerter

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M.D.

Member of the Board

Christoph Bangerter M.D. joined Bonebridge as Member of the Board of Directors in 2019. Dr. Bangerter practiced medicine as a general practitioner before joining the management of Galenica Group in Switzerland. He assumed responsibility for integration of electronic solutions such as Documed into the Galenica group of companies. He then moved on to join the Executive Management Board of KPT Health Insurance Group in Switzerland. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of KPT Health Insurance Group in 2008 and remained in Office until his retirement in 2014. Dr. Bangerter serves as a Board Member of several small to medium Swiss companies primarily in the health care industry. Dr. Bangerter holds a doctorate in medicine (M.D.) of the University of Bern, Switzerland. He completed management programs including the Program for Executive Development at IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Eric Lohrer

Eric Lohrer

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M.A., MBA

Member of the Board

Eric Lohrer joined the Bonebridge Board of Directors in June 2022. Eric started his professional career as a financial analyst with Credit-Suisse First Boston in New York, USA. In 2004, he joined Synthes in the US (now Johnson&Johnson) as a Product Manager in the spine division. From 2005 to 2006 he served as the assistant to the CEO of Synthes and was subsequently entrusted with the reorganization of the Korean market. He lived with his family in Korea for two years before returning to California to work as a Sales Consultant and subsequently as a Regional Sales Manager Spine for Synthes. Eric Lohrer ended his 10-year tenure at Synthes in 2014 as the Director of Extremities EMEA. Since 2014, Eric Lohrer has been managing a global family office with main offices in Zurich and Boston. Eric Lohrer holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland and an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.

Manuel Thomke

Manuel Thomke

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Member of the Board

Mr. Thomke joined Bonebridge as a Member of the Board of Directors in 2019. Mr. Thomke started his professional career graduating from the International school for hotel management in Luzern, Switzerland. After graduation he founded several highly successful start-ups in the hotel and restauration business and remains an active investor and entrepreneur. He holds several mandates in the hotel/restauration industry as well as in real estate and in the medical technology sector.

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  • History

    Bonebridge was founded in Switzerland in 2018 by a group of clinicians and can count on a vast set of skills and experience among its stakeholders. The company started as a two-employee company and within a year achieved CE marking of its first product, the SALGINA 2.5mm Distal Radius System.

    Within a short period of time the company achieved successful market entry in Switzerland of six additional osteosynthesis systems including solutions for clavicle, proximal humerus and tibial plateau fractures. Today the team has substantially grown to incorporate all the different specialties required to further develop Bonebridge to become a respected and trusted international medical device company. Since 2022 Bonebridge is represented in the United States through its subsidiary Bonebridge Inc. and is serving the US trauma market with the same values, dedication and commitment as in Switzerland.