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Clemson and Arthrex Inc. launch pilot to prepare students for growing surgical device industry


By David Schwartz
Published: April 9th, 2019

The rapidly growing and evolving surgical device industry is increasingly seeking to hire employees with a specialized skillset, and a new partnership between Arthrex Inc. and Clemson University is targeting that talent gap.

Arthrex, a leader in minimally invasive orthopedics, already partners with Clemson on a number of research projects and is expanding its engagement with the university through a new, two-year pilot program that will provide 10 $7,500 scholarships for students who will take courses and internships specifically tailored to the needs of the surgical device industry.

“Arthrex is one of the university’s valuable strategic partners, and this opportunity to work together to create programming unique to Clemson speaks volumes about what the company thinks of our talented faculty and students,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “I am grateful to Arthrex for its generous gift, which will enable our students to work with a world-class company to develop skills that are vital to the surgical device industry.” 

In October 2017, Arthrex announced plans for a new $40 million manufacturing facility in Sandy Springs, SC, scheduled to open this summer.

The pilot program will span two years and comprise a series of courses, Arthrex internships, and additional learning opportunities for rising third-year students majoring in bioengineering, marketing and health sciences.

“Developing and Selling Medical Devices” is the first course being offered this fall. Taught by Ryan Mullins in the College of Business, course material provides students an introduction to the health care industry with a focus on the development and marketing of surgical devices. Mullins was selected to develop the course as the Provost’s Inaugural Innovation Fellow, a program created to encourage faculty to support corporate engagement efforts.

“Our collaboration with Arthrex helps us create a new type of focused course,” said Mullins. “We will walk students through real case studies at Arthrex to understand how surgical devices get translated from marketable idea to surgeon or physician adoption. This helps us illustrate the challenges inherent to both the health care marketplace and marketing of new offerings, which is not taught anywhere else.”

Students who take the course may apply for the scholarship and additional programs offered as part of the two-year series of courses. Those who would like to participate in the entire program will take Student Affairs’ Certified Student Leader Program in the spring and an internship with Arthrex in the summer.

The partnership was developed through Clemson’s Office of Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives.

Source: The Newsstand

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