From the onset, Paragon 28 has made it our goal to re-invent the space of foot and ankle surgery. It is not enough for us to develop products. The key is to think about how every foot and ankle problem is addressed and ask questions. Why is the procedure done that way? How can we streamline the procedure and make it more easily reproduced? How can we lower surgeon anxiety when dealing with specific, complex procedures? Where can techniques and solutions available for less researched procedures be improved? We emphasize the philosophy of innovation through design and carry that through for the entire procedure. To us, it’s more than just a locking screw or a surgical plate; it’s an entire system that makes foot and ankle surgery go more smoothly.
Paragon 28 continually makes efforts toward broad market distribution and extensive product knowledge. Superior product knowledge is beneficial to all parties, and is something for which we strive. We recruit, train and hire a sales and distribution network of the most highly educated, knowledgeable and respected sales representatives in the foot and ankle market. The sales representatives’ education is extensive and on-going, with opportunities for sales representatives to continually grow and learn to become an excellent source of product support for the foot and ankle surgeon in the operating room.
In 2010, Paragon 28 was established as an orthopedic foot and ankle company. The name “Paragon 28” was chosen to show that we are exclusively a foot and ankle company, with the “28” representing the number of bones in the foot. We will remain true to that vision. Paragon 28 was started as a small, family-based company and we have kept those core ideals as we have grown.
Our first product was the Monster Screw System, followed by the Gorilla Plating System. As we continue to add more products, we maintain a fine level of detail to every feature of every product we design. The goal is to give options to the foot and ankle surgeon, knowing there is more than one way to achieve a great result. We have listened to surgeons and will continue to do so in order to understand and address their specific needs.
Established in 2010 to address the unmet and under-served needs of the foot and ankle market segment, Paragon 28 envisions an empowered foot and ankle surgical community, one which is able to provide tailored solutions to the population suffering from medical conditions and ailments of the lower extremities. We want to help get people moving again.Our Innovations
Albert DaCosta is a veteran in the Foot & Ankle marketplace with over 14 years experience and a passion directed toward discovering the optimal way to treat patients with lower extremity ailments. His obsession drives him to surround himself with like-minded people and build teams that work tirelessly to advance the science of our segment. Prior to establishing P28, Albert was a distributor for both Pioneer Surgical and Biomet Sports Medicine with responsibility spanning 12 states. Mr. DaCosta served as the Director of Biologics & Extremities for Wright Medical. He served as President of Non-Invasive Solutions, a company focused on lithotripsy for plantar fasciitis and lateral epicondylitis in 2005 as well as President & Founder of Body Beautiful Laser Centers in South Florida in 2006.
Albert earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida with a minor in Business.
Frank Bono joined Paragon 28, Inc. as one of our Founders in early 2012. Frank has over 24 years of experience in the medical device industry. Prior to P28, he served as Sr. V.P. & CTO of Wright Medical. Frank was also employed by Medtronic Spine & Biologics, serving as their V.P. of Product Development and New Ventures Technology. Previous to that, Frank was employed by DePuy/Johnson & Johnson, holding various technical positions where he ultimately served as Global V.P. of R&D for their Spinal Division.
Bono earned a Masters in Bio-Mechanics from the University of Arizona and a BSME from Purdue University.
Jim Riegler serves as Paragon 28’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Riegler has extensive, executive financial management and operational experience in the medical field. Riegler served on the Board of Directors of Scion Cardio-Vascular Inc., a device innovator in the non-invasive cardiology market.
Mr. Riegler served as the CFO of Grace Healthcare Centers, a regional mental healthcare facilities operator, overseeing Medicare and private insurance billing and reimbursement, all functional accounting systems, and corporate finance.
Mr. Riegler was the former CEO of CHR, Inc., a recruiting and staffing agency serving the healthcare sector. He has also served as a financial, business and tax consultant in a broad array of market sectors including the cable television communications, materials management, and aviation markets.
Jim earned a Masters in Finance from the University of Miami and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He was a certified public accountant for over thirty years.
Lee Rosenthal has twenty-one years of success as a salesman, sales manager, and entrepreneurial business owner. During his tenure at WGMI, Rosenthal led the second largest growth distributorship, achieving President’s Council recognition. He created this independent distributorship de novo achieving $5M in annual sales.
Mr. Rosenthal’s prior experience includes employment with medical device industry giants Stryker Corporation, Pioneer Surgical, and Ascension Orthopedics. He held numerous positions in sales and sales management and was extensively involved in restructuring business and business strategy. Mr. Rosenthal has service on numerous President’s Councils, customer service focus groups and finance strategy councils.
Lee earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Noah Blank heads up the operations department including inventory, purchasing and customer service. He holds 15 years experience in loaner distribution, customer service and field inventory management experience at two of the top 5 spine companies in the world.
Prior to joining Paragon 28, Mr. Blank's experience includes directing business development at MNX Global Logistics. He also served as a Senior Director of the customer service and distribution team at NuVasive Medical for over 5 years. Previously, Noah worked at Medtronic as a manager of allograft distribution, and a tactical operations marketing manager.
As a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Laura Brinker provides insight to product development teams, serving as the liaison between surgeon needs and engineering. Laura also serves as technical resource to the sales force and performs medical writing and research.
Dr. Brinker practiced in Castle Rock, CO before beginning with Paragon 28. After graduating from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, she completed residency in Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Brinker also earned a BSME degree from Purdue University.
Matt joined Paragon 28 in December 2012 as the National Sales Director. He has been responsible for building the U.S. Sales Management Team as well as the U.S. Sales Force through a combination of Sales Agents and Direct Sales Representatives. Matt has also built Paragon 28’s Sales Training Program and is very heavily involved in Operations, Inventory Management and many other aspects of the business.
Prior to joining Paragon 28, Matt spent six years as a top Foot & Ankle Sales Representative with Wright Medical where he was used in multiple capacities, including training new Sales Representatives. He began his career in medical device as a Sales Associate with Stryker Endoscopy.
Matt graduated from Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, MI) with a B.A. in Economics and Business.
Brian Shuptar joined Paragon 28 in 2012 to establish the quality system and build the quality organization. Mr. Shuptar has over 20 years in quality, with 16 of those years in the medical device industry. Brian’s background includes quality positions with increasing responsibility at Zimmer, DePuy/Johnson and Johnson, and Motorola.
Mr. Shuptar earned a MBA degree from Florida International University, and a BS degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Our mission is to strategically build a company around the core principles that drive innovation and quality. Relentlessly working to advance the science behind foot and ankle surgery, Paragon 28 is passionate about and committed to:
Developing innovative solutions for the foot & ankle surgeon.
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