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MicroPort Orthopedics is a global medical device company specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of reconstructive joint devices and related services.

Our products and services are based on a legacy in orthopedics of over 60 years.

Our global company merges a culture focused on quality and attention to detail, expertise and innovation. Our innovative spirit has driven us to deliver a continued focus on high quality orthopedic products and services that patients and surgeons prefer. By doing this, we aim to improve the longevity and quality of life of our patients, while addressing the demands of the changing healthcare landscape.

1890 - 1910


  • 1895: DePuy Manufacturing started in Warsaw, IN as the first commercial orthopedic manufacturer
  • 1905: Justin O. Zimmer joins DePuy as first sales representative


1920 - 1930


  • 1925: Don Richards (J.O. Zimmer’s first cousin) joins DePuy as sales rep. in the Memphis area
  • 1927: Justin O. Zimmer forms Zimmer in Warsaw, IN
  • 1934: Don Richards forms Richards Manufacturing Company in Memphis, TN


1940 - 1950


  • 1944: Frank O. Wright becomes the Memphis area sales rep. for Richards Manufacturing Company
  • 1950: Frank Wright forms Wright Manufacturing Company in Memphis
  • 1950: Wright Manufacturing Company introduces its first product, the all rubber “Street Heel”




  • 1993: Wright Manufacturing becomes Wright Medical Technology
  • 1996: Wright Medical Technology introduces its first bone void filler
  • 1997: Wright Manufacturing is purchased by Dow Corning
  • 1998: Wright Medical Technology introduces the ADVANCE® knee system
  • 1999: The company is acquired by Warburg Pincus Equity Partners and a group of investor’s European orthopedic leader, Cremascoli Ortho Group, merges into Wright
  • 2001: Wright Medical Group Inc. completes public offering of stock on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange
  • 2006: Wright Medical EMEA opens new European Headquarters in Amstelveen, the Netherlands
  • 2006: 5 Year Anniversary – NASDAQ opening bell ceremony
  • 2008: SuperPath® Direct Superior Approach. Wright Medical Technology introduces the first Direct Superior Approach to the Hip Joint



  • 2011: Evolution® Wright Medical Technology introduces the Evolution® medial-pivot knee system on the US market
  • 2013: Acquisition of Wright’s Hip & Knee business by MicroPort Scientific Corporation. Established Arlington, TN as the U.S. headquarters for MicroPort global orthopedic business
  • 2017: MicroPort Orthopedics launches Evolution® revision medial-pivot knee system
  • 2017: MicroPort Orthopedics launches Joint Academy MicroPort. Core mission: to provide best-in-class medical education
  • 2019: MicroPort Orthopedics launches the digital application MyMPO™ to support joint replacement journeys