Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Biedermann Lab for Orthopaedic Research

History of the Biedermann Family in Orthopaedics

The Biedermann family has roots in orthopaedics dating back to 1916 when Max Biedermann, the great-grandfather of today's generation, helped rehabilitate injured soldiers from the First World War with innovative prostheses.  Today the Biedermann family oversees several companies and academic labs throughout Europe and the United States.

1916

1916 ImageProfessor Sauerbruch achieves a decisive breakthrough in the provision of arm prostheses with Max Biedermann's technical skills. The "Sauerbruch arm", which Max Biedermann co-develops and implements, achieves results that are significantly superior to those that already exist.


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1918

1918 ImageMax Biedermann follows Professor Sauerbruch to Munich and establishes the orthopaedic workshop at the Surgical Hospital.


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1927

1927 ImageFounding of the orthopaedic workshop at the Surgical Charité University Hospital in Berlin, also in collaboration with Professor Sauerbruch.


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1950

1950 ImageAt the end of the Second World War, Max Biedermann's son Walter returns to his Swabian home and continues the business under a new name.


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1986

1986 ImageWalter's son Lutz develops the world's first polyaxial pedicle screw and vertebral body replacement together with spinal specialist Professor Dr. Jürgen Harms. Both technologies are based on the "load sharing concept".


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1988

1988 ImageBiedermann Motech is founded at its present site in Villingen-Schwenningen.


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1993

1993 ImageEstablishment of the joint venture DePuy Motech with DePuy in the USA, with a focus of expertise on spinal implant solutions.


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1996

1996 ImageThe Max Biedermann Institute is founded in Berlin under the auspices of the Steinbeis Foundation. The aim of the institute is to provide financial and logistical support for outstanding national and international research. It also supports development projects for innovative new products, and the investigation of phenomena, especially in the field of orthopaedics, traumatology and surgery.


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1998

1998 Image

Biedermann Motech celebrates its 10th anniversary.  The successful joint venture with DePuy now ranks them the second largest provider of spinal implants worldwide.


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2000

2000 ImageIntroduction of the world's first mini polyaxial screw system.


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2002

2002 ImageThe Max Biedermann Institute in Miami, Florida is founded. In collaboration with the University of Miami, it carries out and supports research projects with a focus on biomechanics.


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2007

2007 ImageMiami Device Solutions in Miami, Florida is founded by a great-grandson of the company founder. The company focuses on the development of innovative products for trauma surgery.


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2008

2008 Image20th anniversary of Biedermann Motech. The joint venture DePuy Spine reaffirms its 2nd position in the rapidly growing market for spinal implants.  The fourth generation of the Biedermann entrepreneurial family joins the management team.


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2010

2010 ImageBiedermann Technologies is founded with a focus on the expansion, maintenance and licensing of Biedermann's extensive portfolio of patents.


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2012

2012 ImageThe joint venture with DePuy is mutually terminated after 19 successful years. DePuy integrates the spinal business acquired from Synthes.  Biedermann broadens its scope of development and implementation of new innovative concepts and technologies for spinal and trauma surgery.


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2014

2014 ImageBiedermann Evotech is established, specialising in research into the application of new materials and concepts in spinal and trauma surgery.


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2015

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The Biedermann Lab for Orthopaedic Research is established in a collaborative effort with the University of Pennsylvania.  The lab will initially focus on researching the repair of osteoporotic bone fractures.


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