Dr. Brian Thornes

Dr. Brian Thornes

CEO at X-Bolt Orthopaedics

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Dr. Brian Thornes is a graduate of Trinity College Medical School in 1994, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with 11 years’ postgraduate expertise in orthopaedic surgery. In 2000, Dr. Thornes invented and developed the ‘TightRope’ concept for ankle syndesmosis injuries. He licensed the technology in 2003 to Arthrex Inc, a US multinational. The TightRope has now become the treatment of choice for sport professionals and the general population alike with this injury, and fostered similar techniques for other anatomical sites, such as the shoulder, foot and wrist. Over 100,000 ankle syndesmosis TightRopes have been implanted to date worldwide. Annual revenues of the TightRope family of products is estimated at $50M p.a.

In 2007, Dr. Thornes invented the X-Bolt concept and has managed and grown X-Bolt Orthopaedics through all stages of product development including regulatory approval and clinical use. He has won multiple awards including at the Irish Healthcare Awards (2008), the Irish Medical Devices Association Awards (2010) and the Irish Times Innovation Awards (2012). Dr Thornes has an MBA from Trinity College Dublin (2006) and is a Board member of the Irish Medical Devices Association, and of the Higher Education Authority of Ireland.