Matthew Lyons, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Lyons has over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry. A graduate of Syracuse University in 1986 with a BSME degree specializing in biomechanics, Mr. Lyons has held numerous positions with medical implant companies. In 1986, Mr. Lyons was a Development Engineer in the total hip group of Osteonics Corp., now known as Stryker Orthopedics (SYK). Mr. Lyons joined Exactech Inc. (EXAC) in 1989 as its first engineering manager of that start-up orthopedics company. Mr. Lyons developed Exactech’s first porous coated total hip system.
By the early 1990s, Mr. Lyons re-joined his brother William Lyons III as Vice President to lead their orthopedic manufacturing business, Brimfield Precision, Inc., established by their father in endoscopic instrument development and orthopedic implant manufacturing until it was acquired by Image Guided Systems. In 1996 Mr. Lyons co-founded Blackstone Medical, Inc. As President and CEO, Mr. Lyons grew the company’s sales from zero to $92 million in less than 10 years, until it was acquired by Orthofix International (OFIX). During that time, the company introduced over 20 instrument and implant systems throughout the U.S. and in over 30 countries around the world. Mr. Lyons holds numerous patents in orthopedics and medical devices.
Jamy Gannoe, President & Chief Executive Officer
Since graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a BSME/Biomedical in 1990, Jamy Gannoe has focused on collaborating with surgeons in the development of innovative medical devices. Mr. Gannoe is listed as inventor on over 75 U.S. and international patents and applications. Prior to founding Extremity Medical, Mr. Gannoe was Vice President of Product Development at Blackstone Medical, Inc. (acquired by Orthofix in 2006). During this time, Mr. Gannoe led a team of over 20 engineers in completing a comprehensive spinal implant portfolio.
Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Gannoe was Vice President, Product Development at Satiety, Inc. in Palo Alto, CA, a start-up company created through collaboration of The Foundry (Menlo Park) and Fogarty Research and Development (Palo Alto). In this role, Mr. Gannoe was instrumental securing funds, building the company, and in the design and development of the Transoral Gastroplasty (TOGA®) System for zero incision stomach stapling. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Gannoe worked at Heartport, Inc. (acquired by Johnson & Johnson - Ethicon in 2001), a company pioneering the field of closed chest and beating heart surgery. Between 1990 and 1996, Mr. Gannoe worked as a design engineer for Brimfield Precision, Inc., an orthopedic implant and instrument OEM in Massachusetts.