PALM BEACH GARDENS – A medical device company that has adapted cardiac technology for spinal fusion procedures has made Palm Beach Gardens its new home.
Integrity Implants, Inc., a privately held company founded in 2016 by longtime business partners Chris Walsh and Wyatt Geist, delivers innovative products and solutions for challenging spinal surgeries.
Its new, 15,000-square-foot corporate headquarters at 354 Hiatt Drive provide plenty of space to guide the company’s products from conception to design testing to delivery, Walsh said.
Features include a machine shop to drive product development, and a state-of-the-art laboratory enabling surgeons to practice implanting the company’s products.
Those products include the FlareHawk9, an expandable, interbody cage that fuses segments of the spine to treat anatomical abnormalities of the vertebrae.
The stent-based technology reduces complications from spinal fusion surgery and enhances its outcome, Walsh said.
“We’re a spinal implant company that adapted a cardiac technology for stents into a spinal fusion technology that greatly reduces nerve injury,” Walsh said of Integrity Implants, which moved from Jupiter to Palm Beach Gardens nine months ago. “We’re adapting cardiac technology into the spine for a less invasive, more effective spinal fusion procedure.”
Integrity Implants has invested $40 million since its founding in 2016, the company said.
It carries about 50 employees worldwide, but expects to add another 100 high-paying STEM jobs – most will be local – in the next three years, Walsh said.
Local jobs would include machinists, engineers and managers, while some external salespeople in other areas will be hired, he said.
“This area has Sikorsky and Pratt & Whitney, and those are great,” Walsh said of the aircraft and aerospace manufacturers. “But we want to see more medical device companies here, more of a hub. We really think there’s not a better area of the country to bring a family.”
City and county officials look forward to building a long relationship with Integrity Implants, which hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday that drew Palm Beach Gardens Mayor Mark Marciano, Palm Beach County Commissioner Greg Weiss, and Business Development Board of Palm Beach County CEO Kelly Smallridge, among others.
The BDB assisted with the company’s search for a new headquarters, and also connected it with local talent pipelines at Florida Atlantic University, CareerSource Palm Beach County, and Palm Beach State College.
“Integrity Implants is creating jobs and discoveries that will change lives across the nation as it develops innovative solutions for spinal surgery in Palm Beach Gardens,” Smallridge said.
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