Dr Dan Jones, Managing Director

Dan qualified with a degree in Industrial Biochemistry from the University of Limerick in 2006, spending 18 months with Stryker Biotech working on calcium tri-phosphates and bone morphogenetic proteins. In 2011, Dan graduated with a PhD from the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool. The research topic for his PhD thesis related to porous titanium structures for bone in-growth applications produced by additive manufacturing and their consequential characterisation by mechanical, physical, and biological methods. He remained at the School of Engineering as a post doctorial researcher, working on an EPSRC funded study which involved the design and manufacture of concept novel designs of fully porous press fit dental implants to support abutments and crowns. In 2013 Dr Jones and colleagues from Engineering and Veterinary Science established Fusion Implants, whose primary focus is research & development, design and manufacture of veterinary orthopaedic implants. Dr Jones is responsible for the running of the company, along with supervision of PhD and Master students at the University of Liverpool.

Prof Chris Sutcliffe, Director

Prof. Chris Sutcliffe holds a personal chair in Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Liverpool (UoL), he is the UoL Lead academic for the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser Based Production Processes and the CDT in AM/3DP.  He is also R&D Director at Renishaw AMPD and Director of Fusion Implants. He was a founder member of the UoL IMRC and has been responsible for over £XXM of research funding including £YYM from EPSRC. He has led the AM activity at UoL since 2003. His research in both Laser and Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion has been transitioned from manufacturing science to full commercial status in application and capital equipment production.  He is an expert in machine design, process and AM applications development as evidenced by fundamental publication, IP protection and commercial exploitation.  He has 5 papers cited over 100 times and is in the top 1% of most cited outputs in the world.  He has been, or is, involved in 18 EPSRC, 10 iUK/TSB/DTi and 6 EU research projects and has garnered £1M+ of company funding. He has supervised 15 PhD students all of whom have secured positions in manufacturing. He is inventor on 19 active patents/applications and is an EPSRC college member.

Anthony Fife, Sales and Marketing Non-Executive Director

For the past 27 years Anthony gained vast knowledge with the medical devices sector and specific knowledge of the global wound care market. Anthony was a major driving force in the successful business growth for Molnlycke Healthcare a Global Market Leader and subsequently at Medtrade Products a fast-growing SME. At Medtrade over the past 6 years he defined a new strategic direction for this niche product developer and also grew a global sales network.  This helped the organisation to double digit growth year on year. Prior to joining Medtrade he was a key member of the management team at Molnlycke Health Care. Here he gained extensive general management experience during 3 years as MD for the UK business and strategic leadership expertise as Sales Director for the EMEA region. On the Executive Board with Molnlycke, Anthony successfully led company integration through mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships. With Fusion Implants Anthony is currently orchestrating the European & US distribution for Fusion Implants products.

Prof John Innes, BVSc PhD CdrtVR DSaS(orth) FRCVS

John Innes BVSc PhD CdrtVR DSAS(orth) FRCVS is CVS’s Referrals Director, a role which involves overseeing the development of the company’s six specialist referral centres and working with the training team to develop clinical CPD programmes. John is a RCVS-registered specialist in small animal orthopaedics. He was formerly professor of veterinary surgery at University of Liverpool where he developed the small animal specialist services and led research in canine arthritis. He has published over 85 peer-reviewed papers and authored several book chapters. John previously chaired the BSAVA Scientific Committee and has acted for RCVS in veterinary school accreditation. He continues to perform clinical activity in orthopaedics at ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists.

Ben Walton, RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

Ben is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Orthopaedics. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and authored several continuing education articles. He lectures regularly to vets regionally and internationally.

He is also an Honorary Fellow of the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool and is the clinical supervisor of several engineering post-graduate students working on medical device development. Ben is the Clinical Research and Development Director of Fusion Implants, a veterinary orthopaedic implant developer and manufacturer specialising in 3D-printed titanium technology.

Rob Pettitt BVSc PGCertLTHE DSAS (Orth) FHEA MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

‘Rob qualified at the University of Liverpool after a career in the Fleet Air Arm (Royal Navy). After a period in first opinion practice he joined the Orthopaedic Department in January 2006 where he is now the Head of the Orthopaedic service. Rob holds the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics), for which he is a current examiner, and is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Orthopaedics. Rob has published widely in the veterinary literature and has been awarded a number of research grants relating to canine orthopaedics.  He is a regular speaker at conferences both nationally and internationally’.

Dr. Paul Higham, Director

Dr. Paul Higham leads scientific affairs for AgNovos Healthcare.  In that role, Dr. Higham assesses the fundamental science underpinning the company’s technology platforms and current and future product portfolio.   Prior to joining AgNovos, Dr. Higham managed his own consulting company which focused on strategic projects for start-up medical technology companies.  In that capacity, he led the development of a novel drug-eluting technology for osteoarthritis as well as a novel hydrogel neurosurgical hemostat technology.  Dr. Higham has over thirty years of experience in R&D, product development, and business development at Pfizer and Stryker.  He holds 29 patents, USA, has 32 peer reviewed publications and  59 presentations at international conferences

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for  Fusion Implants.

Paul Whittle, Lead Product Designer

James Sage, Research and Development Engineer

James obtained a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree (BEng (Hons)) from The  University of Liverpool in 2017. He remained at Liverpool to progress onto a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering (MSc Eng) in 2018.

James spent 8 months working part-time at Alder Hey Children’s hospital, whilst completing his Master’s degree. In this role, he worked to create 3D-printed, patient-specific anatomical models from CT and MRI scans to aid with patient communication and surgical planning.

As a part of his Master’s course, James completed a 3-month project working with Fusion Implants to design a caudal mandibular fracture plate in domestic short-haired cats, the Ramus Anatomical Plate (RAP Plate). James continued to work on the project following the completion of his Master’s degree and became a full-time Research and Development Engineer.

James is currently working on various projects including the Fusion Education range, French Bulldog LEAP Plates and a range of stratified TPLO plates.

Itayetzi Rodarte PhD Student / Part time R&D Engineer

Itayetzi Rodarte is one of our R&D engineers; in 2016, she obtained a First in her undergraduate degree, Electronics BSc (TecNM, Mexico) and in 2017 a distinction in her postgraduate degree, Biomedical Engineering MSc (University of Liverpool). She came to the University of Liverpool awarded with a prestigious scholarship by The National Council for Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACYT).Itayetzi is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree (University of Liverpool) under the supervision of Prof Sutcliffe and Dr Dan Jones, Directors of Fusion Implants. She is currently focussed on developing the Fusion LEAP and on her PhD research project -a cementless THR system for small breed dogs. Her projects combine analysis of multiple types of medical images on a medical modelling software, designing the implants on a CAD software and the manufacturing of the prototypes using 3D printing technologies. Her bilingual fluency in both Spanish and English; has allowed us to communicate with our international customers seamlessly and enhances our global brand, breaking borders and expanding our services.

Victor Lopez PhD Student / Part time R&D Engineer

Victor Lopez obtained a BSc in Electronics Engineering from the TECNM (Mexico) in 2016, carrying out a 5-months placement in Brazil as a coordinator of technological projects. Recently graduated as an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Liverpool in 2017, Victor was awarded for best MSc Biomedical student and project. His Master’s project was carried out in association with Fusion Implants and related to the development of a breed-specific anatomic locking plate to stabilise Labrador Retriever tibias after TPLO surgeries. Victor joined Fusion Implants team after his master’s studies in 2017 as an R&D Engineer, where he has been performing 3-D medical modelling and further research on advanced veterinary implants such as the TPLO and LEAP. Victor is now carrying out a PhD position at UoL, sponsored by CONACYT from Mexico, under the supervision of Fusion Implants directors Dr Dan Jones and Prof Chris Sutcliffe. His doctoral project is focused on the development of novel implants for spinal stabilisation for disc-associated cervical spondylomyelopathy in large breed dogs.

Alice Brettle, PhD Student

Alice Brettle is a PhD student at the University of Liverpool, but will move to the University of Liverpool in June. Alice completed her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and her master’s degree in Bioengineering with Medical Device Design from Trinity College, Dublin. Her current research focuses on canine elbow dysplasia, investigating a new surgical treatment involving the design of a novel conforming plate and wedge to be introduced during a humeral osteotomy. This research is partly funded by EPSRC CIM and Fusion Implants, as well as a generous donation from Dr El Shahat who’s late Labrador, Lucky, was treated at the small animal teaching hospital Liverpool. Alice has a keen interest in the design of medical devices for orthopaedic applications, and has previously worked on projects related to the treatments of scoliosis and obstructive sleep apnoea.