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I have a lot of excitement when I tell people what I get to do every day. To me, it’s like sci-fi; otherworldly and the coolest job ever.

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Breanna
Lindhal
Ludovic
Rouvier
Piero
Mercadante
Carina
Kühlmann
Emanuele
Buttazzoni
Heather
Kim
Matej
Ferletič
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Chiara
Gorasso
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Bye
Federico
Leandrin

Meet Breanna Lindhal, Project Manager Lead in the PMO group for the Smart SPACE team at the Lima Digital Research Center

I have a lot of excitement when I tell people what I get to do every day. To me, it’s like sci-fi; otherworldly and the coolest job ever.
What is your name? What is your job in LimaCorporate?

My name is Breanna (“Bree”) Lindahl. I live in Knoxville, Tennessee, and I am the Project Manager Lead in the PMO group for the Smart SPACE team at the Lima Digital Research Center. I have a bachelor’s degree in biomedical and mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. I chose this education path so that I could be more selective in my career. Sometimes, mechanical engineers can be hired for biomedical engineering positions, but the reverse situation does not usually apply, so I wanted to have that additional flexibility. Before joining TechMah Medical, which is now part of LimaCorporate, I did engineering and project management for a wound care division which included medical devices for simple dressings, combination dressings, and negative pressure wound therapy dressings and pumps.

What were the main influences in your career?

When I was young, I enjoyed watching documentary-style forensic shows. They developed my fascination with the mechanics of the human body. I also enjoyed math and science, so at the end of the day, it all evolved into pursuing biomedical engineering. I tossed around the idea of going to medical school for those same reasons, but biomedical engineering eventually won out.

How many years had you been working at TechMah prior to the acquisition by LimaCorporate? How do you feel about it

I had have worked at TechMah for more than a year and a half, but during this time, with the pandemic and the preparations for integration, the past year has felt like a strange, limbo space between the two companies. However, in June 2022, some of us were finally able to travel to LimaCorporate’s HQ. The welcome has been warm and refreshing after such a long period of separation.

Have you held any other roles in the company?

I started in November 2020 as a Project Manager. In February 2022, I was promoted to Project Manager Lead.

Talking about your current role, what does a typical day look like for you?

I am the Project Manager for the Smart SPACE Shoulder and Hip systems. As Project Manager Lead, I support the PMO organization and standardization efforts by doing things that help the project teams increase productivity and efficiency. I help remove inefficient processes and the problems that they may have. Another responsibility of my role is creating transparency between the project teams and their tasks for the projects, and communicating that transparency upwards to an executive level.

What challenges do you face?

Lately, a lot of the challenges we have faced have been related to the merge. We have been trying to understand where our projects fit into the company’s larger priorities, which was was not always easy when I could not see the whole picture. I have been doing my best to navigate these challenges by removing associated difficulties so that the teams can create and innovate at their best. I think I succeded.

Are there any particularly interesting projects you are working on at the moment?

The most exciting project I’m working on right now is the Smart SPACE Hip System, which includes a Planner and Guidance. We just finished the official Cadaveric Validation Lab for the Hip System. The surgeons were really excited about it, and the results were great. It’s exciting to see everything coming together nicely ahead of the 510(K) submission.

Do you work with LimaCorporate teams?

We collaborate with the R&D team and are slowly getting more involved with other groups such as the PMO and ProMade team.

Who do you work with outside of LimaCorporate?

I do monthly calls with the Shoulder and Hip developer surgeons for Smart SPACE systems where they give us their input on new features. In addition to the monthly calls, I also do Cadaveric Labs with them for both developmental and official validation testing.

LimaCorporate is driven to continually transform orthopedics for patients. What does this mean for you?

It inspires me to be better and more knowledgeable as a project manager, so I can help make these transformations happen faster.

How does your team drive innovation on a daily basis? Can you give us an example of technical innovations you are working on?

We are collaborating with well-known implant products and combining them with new digital solutions.

What do you love about what you do? What’s your passion?

I have a lot of excitement when I tell people what I get to do every day. To me, it’s like sci-fi; otherworldly and the coolest job ever.

How does your work contribute to LimaCorporate’s ambition to restore the eMotion of Motion?

We are linking the traditional well-crafted, established implants with the innovative, compatible digital innovations to match market demand and competition.

Following your HQ visit, can you describe LimaCorporate culture in three words?

Unique, passionate, energizing.

Is there anything that surprised you when you joined LimaCorporate?

I was surprised at the global reach of the company and the vast amount of different implant product offerings and sizes.

LimaCorporate has over 75 years of experience in design, engineering, and manufacturing. Did you know that? What do you think about it?

I was aware of LimaCorporate’s long history before my visit and enjoyed learning more details during my visit to HQ. I think the history itself and the passion the employees have about it is infectious and inspiring.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

I have been practicing CrossFit for about eight years, and it is usually the first thing I do in the mornings. I enjoy spending time with my two goldendoodles: Cali and Piper. My husband and I love good food! We love to find unique and delicious foods and drinks. My latest hobby is learning Italian. I have been studying it for 100 days, and I know 350 words and counting!

If you weren’t in this career and company, what would you be doing?

I would either be a forensic anthropologist or a surgeon.

Meet Ludovic Rouvier, Financial Manager for France at Lima France

What drives me in me daily job? I love to see happy people at work. I believe that if you are happy in your job and private life, everything goes smoothly.
What’s your name? Where are you from, and what is your role in LimaCorporate?

My name is Ludovic Rouvier, and I’ve been working with LimaCorporate for the last 4 years as a Financial Manager for France. Although I was officially recruited for the financial department, I now manage all the organizational side of the company as well. I oversee the complete back office structure, including people and processes. Since March 2022, I am responsible for the financial management of Lima Belgium and Lima Switzerland as well.

Can you give us a background of your University education? How did your career develop?

I graduated from EDHEC Business School, an international business school in France that is dedicated to business. After my graduation, I worked for “Ernst & Young,” one of the biggest audit companies, and then traveled around the globe for a year, with the goal to promote “Social Business” models that are growing all around the world. When I returned, I built my own company with my close associates. We built everything from scratch, and now, the company runs on its own with more than 25 employees.

From owning your own company to financial manager is a big jump, why did you join LimaCorporate?

My business was located in Paris, but I live in Lyon. I used to travel to the capital twice a week, but when my third child was born, I decided to look for a job in Lyon so that I could be closer to my family. That’s when I met LimaCorporate. Moreover, the challenge was very exciting: when I met the former General Manager of Lima France, she explained to me her vision for Lima France. It was a challenging period because we had to move Lima France from the south to Lyon and rebuilt everything, even recruit and train a new team for the back office.

What does a typical day for you look like?

My typical day revolves around people who are very important to me. I oversee 10 people, and they were quite hard to find because we were looking for the best. The people that work for Lima France are nice and hardworking. It took a long time to train them in the processes of LimaCorporate, and a lot of changes cannot work in the long term. My job is, therefore, to make these people feel at ease. We have a very low turnover, so I guess that whatever I’m doing is working. I talk a lot with my colleagues. Everyday, there are plenty of subjects to work on, so I try to be quite close to them. It is very important for me and the Lima France team.

Working with people is not always very easy, what are the challenges that you face?

Orthopedics is a tough world. My biggest challenge is to recruit high-level people and keep them.

Are there any projects that you are working on right now?

Giuseppe Faenza, the Warehouse & Distribution Manager at LimaCorporate HQ, is about to launch the new version of an app for the sales force that will manage the orders for surgeries. This new version is still being tested, and France will shortly be the first European subsidiary to introduce it.

Are there any teams from HQ that you work with? Are the relationships tight?

Yes, the relationships are very tight. Besides Giuseppe and the financial Team in HQ, I’m also working with HR for implementing a new app that collects all the essential information about employees.

What does “pioneering vision” mean to you? Did you find ways to apply it in your job?

The HR and finance departments require to be more open to the digital world. The apps that I mentioned above are just examples. Since I am a financial person, I’d love to integrate the digital world more into congresses that are very expensive. I think that we are in a transitional phase. With the pandemic, we understood that nobody wants to go fully digital, but meanwhile, the congresses cannot be as they were prior to Covid. We’ll see what happens.

You’re very passionate, what drives you in your daily job?

I love to see happy people at work. I believe that if you are happy in your job and private life, everything goes quite smoothly. If the professional life interferes with the personal one too much, something is bound to go wrong. I, therefore, try to understand the needs of my colleagues and fit them to the needs of Lima France. For example, when there is a problem, I immediately set a meeting so that everyone can talk with each other and solve the problem right away. I did this thing many times in the past and it worked very well. I also like to be honest with people, and that is why they tend to trust me: that is the most important thing for me.

What is your proudest achievement at LimaCorporate?

When I was recruited at LimaCorporate, Lima France was moving to Lyon. I’m happy and proud that although I was in charge of the shift, I was able to create meaningful relationships with colleagues. My goal was to ensure that all the people who were leaving the company left with a good feeling. Two months after we closed the subsidiary, one of the former employees called to inform me that she had found another job. I was the first one she called to ask for an opinion. We still catch up every now and then. I am also proud of the team that we hired in Lyon.

What does eMotion of Motion mean to you?

I like to work in LimaCorporate because I know that at the end of the day, we’re helping someone be healthy. I am happy to work in a company that has an impact on people and that our sector is useful.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

I love to do some DIY. People call me “MacGyver” because I always find a solution! It is the same at work: I am a “Problem Solver” and I never give up!

What was your dream job as a child?

I don’t have a real dream job. However, I am very impressed by a couple, Christian and Marie-France des Pallières, and their decision to change their lives when they retired. The founders of Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (For a Child’s Smile), the couple has lived and worked in Cambodia since the beginning of their action in the country. Each spring for the last 20 years, they have crisscrossed France and the neighboring countries at the wheel of their camping car to communicate the urgency of the situation. Now, more than 6,000 children are looked after: they are fed, provided with healthcare, educated, and given vocational training. With a high-quality qualification, they are able to join the workforce and integrate into the society. For Christmas 2021, all the employees of Lima France have received, as a gift, the book of this incredible and inspiring story!

Meet Piero Mercadante, CNC, Tools, and Finishing Manager at LimaCorporate

The real challenge is to keep the synergy high. If this synergy exists, and if it's very high, even the most unexpected goals can be achieved.
Hi Piero, tell us something about yourself! Who are you, what do you do in LimaCorporate, how did you get there?

My name is Piero Mercadante. I am 33 years old, and I come from Palermo. I am the CNC, Tools, and Finishing Manager of the LimaCorporate plant in Segesta.
Essentially, I am the head of the CNC departments (numerically controlled machine tools), finishing, testing, and the washing area. I have been in LimaCorporate since 2018.Prior to this, I worked for a Sicilian company that dealt with precision mechanics for the automotive sector.

What was your university career? And why did you choose it?

I studied mechanical engineering. By nature, I am a very curious person who likes to ask himself the “why” of things. I have a rational mind so engineering seemed like the most logical choice. Mechanics was a discovery, and the first time I set foot in a workshop, I realized I had made the right choice.

Has your role always been that of CNC, Tools, and Finishing manager?

No, I started in the industrialization field. It was a wonderful experience that lasted about six months and then I started in my current role.

What's your typical day?

It is a difficult question because my work is different every day.
Everything I do is linked to the management of the departments to ensure that production proceeds as planned in terms of numbers, times, and quality standards. All this translates into the management of a group of about 40 people and the machine resources of our production departments. This is my activity described in broad terms. at the same time, there is also research for the optimization of processes, production efficiency, and waste reduction.

Is there a particularly interesting project you are working on right now?

Yes, we are working on the automation of a CNC machine that will hopefully relieve the operator of the more repetitive work.

What are the challenges you face every day?

In a production facility, there are here are many ongoing challenges as there can be many unforeseen events, such as lack of resources or lack of operators. The real challenge in my opinion is to keep the synergy high among the different departments. If this synergy exists, and if it's very high, even unexpected goals can be achieved. If it is missing and if people do not work together as a team, it is very difficult to solve even the slightest difficulty. My role as a manager is to ensure that team spirit stays strong and that the group is working towards a common goal.

Do you think you've found what you wanted to find in LimaCorporate?

I would say yes. The differences between the departments and the processes allow me to train in many different fields. Having a close relationship with other company functions, such as logistics or industrialization has allowed me to increase my professional skillset.

Let's talk about pioneering vision, what does it mean for you?

Together with my working group, I try to review some phases of the production process. Challenges like the one I mentioned earlier, that is, wanting more from a resource or modifying a process that may have remained unchanged for years to improve its performance, certainly fit into a pioneering vision.

Do you have any examples?

CNC machines work by removing the material that causes wear on tools for take-out. This entails that the operator is forced to correct this wear on the machine.
The team I manage has implemented a solution for this adjustment to take place automatically.
This is advantageous not only for those who work with the machine but also in economic terms.

What do you like about what you do?

In addition to the technical aspect, I love to nurture the synergy I mentioned earlier. Collaboration and mutual trust are the foundation of any relationship. As a manager, my role is to ensure that this synergy exists and nurture it so that work can be carried out in the best possible way.

Is there anything that makes you particularly proud of your work at LimaCorporate?

It seems trivial but I am proud of the group that has been created. When you arrive in an environment that has already been run in, as happened to me, it is not obvious to receive such a warm welcome. On the working side, I admit I am an ambitious perfectionist and therefore I find it difficult to tell you about my goals because as soon as I reach them, I always find new ones.

Is there something that surprised you when you arrived at LimaCorporate?

I was amazed to discover how structured the company was from an organizational, qualitative, and safety point of view.

With which words would you describe LimaCorporate?

I'm not good at answering these kinds of questions. The word that comes to mind is certainly innovative and pioneering because we have the courage to invest ahead of time in technologies that, at the beginning, no one would have bet on.

You have previously worked in the automotive sector, and LimaCorporate has also operated in that sector. Do you see this legacy in your work?

Being influenced by other sectors has certainly helped us to always be innovative. I still see that legacy on the production side and I think it’s an added value that puts our implants on a different level.

LimaCorporate is very focused on the quality of its facilities. What does this mean to you?

It is something that touches me closely because one of the departments I manage is the Quality one. For me, it is a very important aspect. What we produce is used on people and it is essential that it is of the best possible quality.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

I am fascinated by any water sport and for many years I have been playing water polo. I am very fond of cooking.

If you hadn't chosen this career, what would you have liked to do

I definitely would have thrown myself into the kitchen sector, perhaps opening my own restaurant or being a chef.

Meet Carina Kühlmann, Key Account Manager at LimaCorporate

Before joining the company I worked as a scrub nurse, I fell in love with LimaCorporate products in the OR.
Ciao Carina, tell us something about yourself and your role in LimaCorporate

My name is Carina Kühlmann and I live near Düsseldorf in the western part of Germany. I work for Lima Deutschland as Key Account Manager for northern Germany, focusing on the shoulder portfolio.

What is your background and how did you start this career?

My background is a bit different from others. I didn’t go to university and before joining the company I worked as a scrub nurse. The hospital where I worked used LimaCorporate implants, and I was asked by a former Lima colleague to join the company. This happened seven years ago now.

Why did you decide to change your job?

I need new things to work on every day. I like having new challenges and I wanted to grow professionally, which was not possible in the hospital. Back when I was a scrub nurse, orthopedic surgeries were my favorite. You could say, that I fell in love with LimaCorporate products in the OR, so when I was asked to be part of LimaCorporate I immediately took the opportunity.

What was your career path in LimaCorporate? Were you always a Key Account Manager?

No, I changed role twice. I started as OR support helping sales reps during surgeries, congresses and so on. Then, one year later, I became a Sales Representative myself. One year ago, I changed role again becoming Key Account Manager for the shoulder.

How’s your typical workday?

It’s difficult to say because every day is totally different, especially now as a Key Account manager. Some days I’m dedicated to new customers and growth potential, some others I work on the relationship with our KOLs. I make sure that they are always happy with our implants, and I try to involve them as much as I can in development projects. I still go to the OR to assist KOLs, to see how they feel with the products, if everything works well, to test new instruments and implants and for difficult surgeries, also with ProMade.
Of course, I also assist new customers by making sure that they get comfortable with our implants. My job is basically 20% based on office work looking for new partnerships and 80% on the field.

What are the challenges you face?

The most challenging aspect of my job is time management. I have to balance well the time I spend with sales reps and new customers and the time I invest in growing the relationship we have with KOLs. I also interact with many people inside and outside the organization so bringing everyone together is another challenge of my job.

Are you working on a particular project right now?

Yes! We have recently started working with new shoulder surgeons that make many surgeries per year, so my focus is on making sure that their experience with LimaCorporate is positive. I’m also working on a new project for 2022 with Dr. Agneskirchner, one of our biggest KOLs in Germany.

LimaCorporate wants to continually transform orthopedics. What does it mean to you?

For me, it means looking at the market to understand what surgeons, and most especially patients, need, bringing everything together to suggest new products. It means figuring out new solutions for every patient. That way of thinking is one of LimaCorporate’s strengths. When I worked as a scrub nurse I saw that with many competitors’ products it was the patient that needs to adapt to the offer, but LimaCorporate’s platforms are so well thought out that we manage to adapt our implants to the patients, even without using the ProMade Design Service.

What do you love about what you do?

I love that I can be on the front line working on the field with surgeons and patients in the OR but also participate in product development projects. I love to work with the whole German team and also with the HQ. I feel like I have expanded my area.

Which are the teams your work with the most?

In Germany, I work with sales reps and the management team. While on an international scale, I work with the global shoulder and the Medical Education teams.

How do you think your work contributes to restoring the eMotion of Motion?

I think I can bring my knowledge of LimaCorporate’s portfolio to the surgeons and really support them in finding the best solutions for the patients.

And how do you think your previous work as a scrub nurse has helped you in your current role?

I think that I know the needs of surgeons and patients. I'm also familiar with the important departments in hospitals and I understand how to satisfy their needs and support them.

In LimaCorporate we always talk about “Passion and People”. How do you bring that into your relationship with surgeons?

LimaCorporate is smaller than many competitors but that works in our favor. Surgeons see how focused we are on their work and on patient outcomes. They feel this connection and they feel that we’re always there for them and that also the management team is not an abstract entity. That relationship is continuous, and it’s nourished over time. I make no differences between new and old customers, and I give them the same kind of attention and support.

What did you love about LimaCorporate when you were a scrub nurse? And what surprised you when you joined the company?

When I was a scrub nurse, I felt that LimaCorporate was different from other companies, but it was only when I joined that I understood why. When we talk about the Lima Family, we mean it. Even if LimaCorporate is an international company we are not a number. Everybody knows everybody and everybody is there for you. You could call anyone in the world and find a kind word and support. When I saw other companies in the OR I noticed how everyone was working for themselves but that is not happening in LimaCorporate.

And what about our Italian design and manufacturing heritage? Is it something that surgeons like?

Only some surgeons are interested in LimaCorporate’s past in the aerospace and automotive industries. What everyone is interested in is the outcome that this kind of past brings. LimaCorporate is a very fast-pacing and agile company, and that is very appreciated. Also, they appreciated that we have a long and stable process around 3D printing. For us, this kind of technology is old news but that’s not the case for the market.

LimaCorporate has a 100% precision testing policy for all implants, what do surgeons say about that?

They’re pleasantly surprised. When they know about our quality policy, they feel safe and protected in the OR.

What are you passionate about outside work?

I like sports, I like running and doing yoga. I’m also passionate about cooking and good food, maybe that’s also one of the reasons why I like working for an Italian company so much. And whenever I can I also like to travel.

If you could change career, what would you like to do?

I’d like to be a coach for personal growth and mindset.

Meet Emanuele Buttazzoni, Laboratory Manager in LimaCorporate

Having a pioneering vision means seeing and sensing things long before they happen and doing everything to make them happen before they are a necessity.
Hi Emanuele, tell us who you are and what you do in LimaCorporate.

My name is Emanuele Buttazzoni I have been the Laboratory Manager at LimaCorporate since 2016. However, my career in the company began in 2008 when I was hired as an engineer in the Regulatory office.

What is your background and why did you choose this career path?

When it came to choosing a university career, I was inspired by the examples I had in my family. My mother and my uncle, who in different ways, cared for people with motor disabilities. Specifically, my mother was a physiotherapist and worked mainly with children, while my uncle was an orthopedic technician.
Thanks also to their experience, I wanted to find a university path that would allow me to help people. That's why I chose the course of study in Biomedical Engineering in Padua.
Immediately after university, I started working in LimaCorporate, finding a company that allowed me to realize my desire to help others by applying what I studied.

How did you come to LimaCorporate?

I was called by LimaCorporate. A college friend of mine worked in the company and mentioned my name. One month after graduation, I was hired in the Regulatory office.

Quite a unique thing in the Italian working landscape.

Yes, in Friuli-Venezia Giulia and in Italy it is not uncommon for young people to be forced to leave their local region to find opportunities elsewhere. The opposite happened to me. I was convinced that it would be necessary to move, and I started looking elsewhere, then I found LimaCorporate and I was lucky enough to find the job I was looking for near home.

Would you have been sorry to leave Friuli-Venezia Giulia?

Honestly yes. During university, I lived in Padua and I missed my home area, even though it was very close. Friuli Venezia Giulia is a border area with perhaps fewer opportunities and services than other Italian regions but offers some priceless advantages for me. The large spaces, the greenery, the little traffic, and the quality of life are aspects that many take for granted but which, in my opinion, make the difference compared to other places.

Tell us more about your journey in LimaCorporate

As I mentioned, I started my career in the company in the Regulatory office and it was a great experience. It allowed me to get into all business processes.
I remained in Regulatory for eight years, becoming in the meantime the coordinator of the renewal of the certificates for class III products (all implantable products). At some point, however, I felt that I had learned everything I could in that role and that I had given everything I could give. Also, I missed having a practical component in my work.
When the position of Laboratory Manager opened, I immediately understood that it was an opportunity. I could take advantage of my background in Regulatory and use it to the service of product validation, I could follow the product in a practical way in the testing phase, helping to guarantee and demonstrate its safety.
I have always thought that the implants we create, sooner or later, could be used on people dear to me or even on myself. When I work I think about this. I want to be sure that I have done everything in my power to ensure a safe product, which works well, which can give the patient a good quality of life again. The eMotion of Motion we always talk about.
Even when I was part of the Regulatory Team, I saw the enormous importance of the laboratory for the growth of the company. It was clear that the institutions would have sought the accreditation of the laboratory and so it was.

What is the role of the laboratories within LimaCorporate?

The chemical and mechanical laboratories must provide safety evidence of our materials and products.
In the chemical laboratory, we check upstream the materials we use to produce the prostheses and the processes to which the prostheses are subjected. For example, we can analyze any contamination and give indications on how to resolve the causes that generated the problem. Or we can verify that the powders used for the 3D printing processes meet internal requirements or reference standards.
In the mechanical laboratory, we simulate the conditions that our devices can encounter once implanted in patients. In this way, we verify, in a simulated environment, the resistance of our prostheses, their stability with respect to the patient's bone, their wear performance, in fact, their useful life.

What are the challenges you face every day?

My personal challenge, paradoxically, has nothing to do with testing. My personal challenge is to try to keep my team together, the group of people who represent everything to me. The growth of the laboratory was only possible thanks to the great teamwork.
I try to make the people who work with me feel part of a project and important. Anyone, even those who do a specific job, must feel in a position to be able to propose an idea. My challenge is to motivate these people, dedicate time to them and enhance them. It is a good investment that requires a lot of commitment and perseverance, but the results can be seen in everything we do.

Is there any project you are working on now that makes you particularly proud?

I am certainly proud of the recent ISO 17025 accreditation of ATLAs (our l’Advanced Laboratory for Testing and Analysis) obtained following the audit activity of Accredia, the Italian national accreditation body designated by the government to certify the skills, independence, and impartiality of the laboratories.
But of course, we never stop, and we are already working on other projects. ATLAs was born in 2019 to satisfy the company's growing demand for tests. After just two years, the laboratory is already struggling to keep up with LimaCorporate's exponential growth.
The next easiest step would have been to further expand the fleet, but after a group reasoning, we realized that simply expanding the laboratory was the simplest solution but not the right one for the company. We have therefore conceived a new idea, for now, top-secret, which we have nicknamed Leonardo, which expresses a new culture within the laboratory and a total change in the way of doing things.
We have the ambition to bring our studies and the results of our test method development efforts to associations that are involved in defining the reference standards. We want to be able to have our say and move from a passive role to an active role not only within the company but also outside.

What are the teams you interact with and how do you manage the impartiality of the laboratory?

We work a lot with the Research and Development group: the results of our tests validate the proposed solutions or guide the redesign or optimization of the product from the point of view of its safety. More generally, we are part of the project teams for the development of new products, we interface a lot with Regulatory, Quality, and Production.
The issue of impartiality is something that is deeply felt in our work also because it was one of the evaluation meters of the recent accreditation. We must report to our colleagues both the things that went well in the test phase and those that went wrong. Regardless of the deadlines or delays that any unsatisfactory results may entail. I always remind myself and the people of my team that what we test today, tomorrow could be part of us and of the people we care about. We must be uncompromising.

What does it mean for you to have a pioneering vision and how does it apply to LimaCorporate?

I will say something trivial but, in my opinion, having a pioneering vision means seeing and sensing things long before they happen and doing everything to make them happen before they are a necessity. It is the real discriminating factor between waiting for things to happen and reacting accordingly and anticipating them and being ready. For the laboratory, the accreditation is the result of a pioneering vision.
I began to take an interest in accreditation in 2014, when I was still part of the Regulatory group. I laid the foundations for this project in 2016 when I became the Laboratory Manager. We started working towards this goal in 2017.
At that time, neither internally nor the regulatory authority required the laboratory to be accredited. Today TÛV, our certification body in Europe, requires the accreditation of laboratories to be able to recertify our products according to MDR (the new European Regulation for Medical Devices).
If we hadn't started in 2016 and if we hadn't worked hard for the next 5 years, we would now be late and our tests would not even be considered by the authorities, putting the commercialization of the products at serious risk.
We were ready when needed, thanks to a pioneering vision gained years ago and to a determined and never interrupted work.
Obviously, not everything always runs smoothly. Sometimes projects go well, and others lead to a dead end. However, what matters is the way you think, have a vision, and believe in your intuitions.

What do you like about what you do in LimaCorporate?

I like the fact that working here is a continuous discovery, a continuous challenge. When I arrive at work, I have a rough idea of ​​what I will do but during the day there are always new challenges to face. I have new ideas and new projects to think about. I like being able to have new ideas and be able to put them into practice.

Is there something that makes you proud?

There are so many things that make me proud. Surely having seen the birth of the ATLAs laboratories and having linked my name and that of my group to the first accreditation of LimaCorporate.
It makes me proud to work with people who have something more to give each day. People who look to the future and not to "what has always been done". It is not uncommon that when we leave in the evening with a problem, someone sends me a message that same night or comes to work with the solution the next day. This shows that our work is much more than a means of earning a salary at the end of the month, it is a passion.

Is there something that surprised you in the culture of LimaCorporate?

I have always felt a lot of trust in me. When I was at university, I never expected someone to say to me one day: "We need a new laboratory, do it. We give you the resources and you manage the project. " I had never done something so ambitious and with such huge resources. The fact that the CEO himself supported me and said that he trusted my ideas was beautiful and surprising at the same time. Also, because not only my professional credibility was at risk. If something had gone wrong, it would have been a big problem for the company.
Also in this case, we are faced with a cultural characteristic that distinguishes LimaCorporate compared to what I hear about many other companies.

How much does the history of LimaCorporate affect what the company is today?

If we are relatively sure we can propose new things it is because we are sure of our background, both personal and corporate. We know that everything we do as a company has a strong foundation of innovation and technical challenge, but we trust our work and start from a very solid foundation. This is valid not only for the finished product but also for the process we arrive at it.
Within LimaCorporate there are great skills, perhaps at times, we could be even more confident.

Do you think the territory has influenced LimaCorporate as a company?

I am convinced that LimaCorporate would not be the company it is if it were not in Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
Today LimaCorporate is an international company, with many international employees but, in my opinion, it maintains a Friulian soul. The people of this land are by nature very tied to work. They are inclined to treat the company they work for as if it were their own, always putting a little of their own in what they do.
LimaCorporate has always been very attached to the territory and has always remained in the area, even though the location is not among the most accessible and well connected. And those who work here and are from Friuli, in my opinion, understand very well the importance of being able to work in for such a company which keeps high the name of Friuli abroad.
There was also the ability to feed the core of LimaCorporate with the arrival of new personalities from other areas of the world. Personally, I am proud to work for LimaCorporate because, in addition to being a multinational, I feel I work for the excellence of Friuli-Venezia Giulia

What are you passionate about outside work?

I like manual activities. I like working with wood and giving shape to things.
I like doing sport. I practiced mountain running until I started working, now I continue to run and ride near home. I like outdoor sports in general, especially now that I'm a dad and I must reconcile hobbies with family needs.
A recent passion, which I especially appreciated during the lockdown, is planting trees. Unfortunately, I ran out of space in the garden to do it but, if I could, I would also do it in other gardens.

If you hadn't followed this career, what would you have done?

If I were living in the world of dreams, where I don't have to earn to live, I would have liked to have been a mountaineer or an explorer.
If, on the other hand, I must think of something more concrete ... I honestly never thought about it because I feel I am in the place where I’m supposed to be. Should I change, I would stick to my resolution to help people who have difficulties or disabilities.

Meet Heather Kim, Marketing Specialist in LimaCorporate

I love seeing our products at work. Giving to surgeons something that can improve their work and to the patients something that can improve their life quality after the surgery.
What’s your name and where are you from?

Hello, this is Heather Kim and I’m from Seoul, South Korea. I have worked for the Lima Korea Team as a Marketing Specialist since 2017.

What do you do in your day-to-day work?

My role is to promote LimaCorporate products in Korea and to find the right approach to access the Korean market and build relationships with new surgeons. I also work with the Clinical Research Team because, besides being mandatory by law, it is essential that our implants are scientifically supported.

What is your background? How did you start your career?

My background is very related to my job. At university, I majored in Biological Engineering and my studies are the solid ground on which I built my career. In my first job, I worked for a competitor as a Clinical Researcher and my job was to find clinical evidence for products on the Korean market.

Why did you join LimaCorporate?

It’s a very simple reason. The General Manager of Lima Korea made the company very attractive to my eyes. According to him, Lima Korea did not have enough clinical evidence on Asian patients and needed some help with marketing and promotional activities. I thought it was an incredible opportunity to improve my professional skills and combine my clinical background with marketing.

Can you describe your typical day at work?

My days are varied. I follow up on the clinical studies in Korea, I communicate with all the sites and secondly, I plan promotional events for existing and new products.
I’m also in constant contact with surgeons. I collect their feedback and make sure that they have no issues in using our implants and instrument sets. I report their demands to headquarters and build a strong partnership with them.

Would you say that working with LimaCorporate has improved your skills base? How?

I was only specialized in the clinical side of the job. When I joined LimaCorporate, I was the only marketing person in Lima Korea, and I had to build everything from scratch. It was challenging to find the right marketing approach by myself but at the same time that made me grow a lot. I tried to learn from the colleagues in the other subsidiaries and the HQ but also from competitors. After 4 years I still feel like I’m a student that will never stop learning.

Is there a particular project you’re working on at the moment?

Right now, I’m working on the new promotional activities for Extremities, collecting CT scans from Asian patients with the R&D team and some new interesting Clinical Studies. I’m also working with the HQ on a knee development project which also involves a Korean surgeon. All these projects are pretty exciting.

What are the challenges of your work?

The challenges of my work are common to all orthopedic companies. The average Asian patient has smaller anatomy than Americans or Europeans. Surgeons often find it difficult to adapt sizes to the local market and ask for personalized implants. Fortunately, LimaCorporate is seen as one of the most innovative companies from the Korean surgeons and there’s margin to cover the size gap.
Another big challenge in Korea is given by the tight pricing policy that the government has on medical devices. Sometimes it’s hard to fit the cost of innovative technologies in that space.

You said that LimaCorporate is viewed as an innovative company in Korea, but what does being pioneers mean to you and how do you try to be a pioneer in your work?

LimaCorporate has a very long history with hip products with respect to knee and shoulder. Many surgeons were impressed with our modular femoral stems and head and still consider LimaCorporate as a more innovative company than others. That background still helps me promote the company and its pioneering vision. Now that we have 3D printing implants surgeons are once again impressed because they know it’s not simple to have our precision in such components. Even if we have to negotiate with the government to bring high technologies to Korea, surgeons are aware that we’re trying to bring them the very best.

What do you love about what you do?

I love seeing our products at work. Giving to surgeons something that can improve their work and to the patients something that can improve their life quality after the surgery. Whenever I hear from surgeons’ successful stories after the use of LimaCorporate implants or whenever the surgeon and the patients appreciate the surgeon after the surgery, that makes me happy and proud. Those are the stories I’m working for.

Can you tell us some of these stories that hit you in a positive way?

I have one in my heart. It was one day at the cancer treatment center and a quite young patient had a serious bone cancer issue. Due to the tumor in his bone, he had not enough bone to hold the implant in its place. The surgeon, who was not a LimaCorporate user, called me directly for the first time and asked for support in this difficult tumor case. We showed our shoulder products and the 3D printed options. He liked the size of our glenoid and decided to use that and successfully closed the case of his patient. It’s not easy to find the right size implant for such patients with little bone left, but it was very memorable for myself. It’s something that I will always remember and that touched my heart.

What is your proudest achievement in LimaCorporate?

I’m always proud when I can involve Korean surgeons in LimaCorporate projects. For example, when HQ is working on new products, I always try to introduce Korean developers. It’s not always easy because Korean surgeons have a different perspective and approach to anatomy, but when the partnership takes off, I’m happy. Having Korean developers involved in development projects helps us create better implants for our country.

What’s like working with an international team?

I think it’s very useful and helpful. The HQ marketing team really is focused in listening our needs as a subsidiary. The team is supportive. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand the needs of surgeons all by myself but when we work together, we can always find the right solutions to assist the physicians.

Let’s talk about LimaCorporate’s heritage. What do you think sets us apart from competitors?

When I talk with surgeons I always start from our history. Ours is a history of innovation. I always highlight our technological heritage and that is very clear in surgeons’ minds. They recognize and appreciate our background in automotive and aerospace.

Do surgeons appreciate the “Made in Italy” of our implants?

For sure, most of our competitors are from the US and we’re one of the few, if not the only, Italian company that has such recognition worldwide. The fact that 100% of our implants are made in Italy is synonymous with quality and is appreciated by surgeons. The fact that we also quality check 100% of our implants is also a plus.

What are you passionate about outside work?

I love sports and outdoor activities. I love tennis, riding a bicycle and climbing.

If you could have another career, what would you do?

I would like to work for a car company. When I was in university, I spent a year in Australia working as a marketing intern for a Korean car company. It was very interesting to see how they produce each part of the vehicle and all the components.

Meet Matej Ferletič, Area Sales Manager for Eastern Europe in LimaCorporate

The world of orthopedics is fascinating, but only those who work in it are able to understand how important it is. In Lima it is even more so because we are a company that innovates and knows how to dare.
To dare is not always the most satisfying option but if no one ever did it, we would still be travelling with horse and buggy. I like being part of a company that always tries to bring new solutions.
Hi Matej, tell us a little about yourself. Who are you? Where are you from? What is your role within LimaCorporate?

I live in Doberdò del Lago, a little town in the province of Gorizia, and I am part of the Slovenian minority of Friuli Venezia Giulia. At LimaCorporate, I am Area Sales Manager for Eastern Europe. I manage the Slovenian market and the current distributors and also search for new business partners within my region.

How did you start working for LimaCorporate, what is your background?

It all started by chance. Immediately after high school, I started working as a programmer for a software company where I dealt chips. However, during this first experience I realized that I was not made for the classic 9 to 5 office work and that I felt more comfortable in the commercial area. For a while I worked in sales in the IT sector with products of my design. I was about to move to London when I came across a job advertisement for an orthopedic company that was looking for a bilingual person in the Gorizia area. I didn't know anything about the sector, but I did the interview anyway and somehow, I got the job. The world of orthopedics immediately fascinated me. I studied a lot of anatomy, prostheses, pathologies and I went to ask the surgeons for help to learn.
The distributor I worked for was small, but this allowed me to become familiar with all aspects of the job. After nine years, I made the leap to a multinational, managing Slovenia and Emerging Markets, and after another four years, in 2017, I joined LimaCorporate.
In LimaCorporate I started as Marketing Manager for Eastern Europe and Knee Sales Manager for Slovenia. Then, in 2019, I had the opportunity to combine the sales activity with marketing throughout the Eastern Europe area.

Why did you decide to join LimaCorporate?

At the time my company was undergoing restructuring and I was requested to move to Milan. I absolutely did not want to do that and so I stopped the collaboration.
Of course, there are pros and cons in all experiences. In very large companies, like the one where I worked before, everything was already written and pre-established. The tracks were drawn, and it was not possible to go outside them. In LimaCorporate, on the other hand, the tracks are created, together with the team.
It is a continuous work in progress and what we obtain is the result of teamwork.
When I was about to leave my old company, I had the possibility to choose between two new realities, but it was enough to speak with my manager to understand that LimaCorporate was the right choice for me.
Lima is a pioneering company that innovates. It is rare that it follows paths that are already trodden, and this is very stimulating. It gives you the opportunity to grow as a professional and as a person and, since you never stop learning in life, it is a great opportunity.

Let's talk about your role in the company. You connect LimaCorporate and Eastern Europe countries but not only. This connection also exists within you, given your belonging to the Slovenian minority in Italy. Do you have a typical day?

A fundamental part of my job is looking for new distributors and it's not always easy. In the countries I deal with, LimaCorporate is not yet well known. Even if it might seem like a disadvantage, it works in my favor because when I introduce the company, it is immediately clear what our background is, with decades of experience and excellent products. The hardest part comes when the distributors must address the surgeons and convince them to use LimaCorporate.
On an average workday I answer the many e-mails I receive from distributors and cultivate relationships with them. Obviously, there is also the management of administrative, logistical, and regulatory aspects.
This is what I mean when I say that the tracks are often to be "built". I deal with "unexplored" countries for LimaCorporate which have different laws and procedures, that, of course, must be followed to gain access to the market. This is the phase in which we work as a team with the legal, regulatory, customer service departments to fulfill the requests.
Then of course there are the relationships with established partners with whom the goal is to maintain and increase our market share.

How do you maintain the market share?

I always push on Medical Education. I try to convince distributors to send doctors around the world to attend Focus Sessions or Surgeon to Surgeons. When surgeons participate in a medical education event and can touch the quality of LimaCorporate products, they almost automatically become our partners.

Are you working on any interesting projects?

My focus now is the Gulf countries and South Africa. The Gulf is an interesting market and is the gateway to many more countries in the area.

LimaCorporate's goal is to restore the eMotion of Motion to patients and to continuously improve orthopedics. What does it mean for you?

The world of orthopedics is fascinating, but only those who work in it are able to understand how important it is. In Lima it is even more so because we are a company that innovates and knows how to dare.
To dare is not always the most satisfying option but if no one ever did it, we would still be travelling with horse and buggy. I like being part of a company that always tries to bring new solutions.

Is this what differentiates us from our competitors?

A lot depends on the size of the company. Obviously, even big names have a department dedicated to research but that is not the company's focus.
It is the smaller companies like LimaCorporate that must dare to establish themselves on the market. Of course there are same-size companies that are content by offering the same products.
I am not saying that Lima is the only one to have this kind philosophy but for us to constantly innovate and improve is a mantra, we cannot afford and don't know how to do otherwise.

What are the achievements you are most proud of since you joined LimaCorporate?

It certainly makes me proud to have paved the way to bring LimaCorporate to the Gulf. Having pushed Medical Education in Eastern Europe a lot is bringing important results that make me proud.

At LimaCorporate we always talk about passion and people. Is there an example of particularly successful collaboration?

When I started working in LimaCorporate, the countries of Eastern Europe formed a single area with the countries of Southern Europe.
During that period, I created such collaborative relationships that many Eastern Europe Medical Education events are done in Portugal. The same format is also used in the other countries of the area, Poland, the Czech Republic, etc., but the collaboration with Portugal, however, demonstrates how human relationships are stronger than geographical distance.

How do you relate to the surgeons?

Also in this case, human relationships are fundamental. When I visit distributors, we often organize meetings with surgeons who like to have direct contact with the company. The human side in our work is fundamental and I like it for that very reason.

If you had to describe Lima culture in a few words, what would you say?

Two words are enough: innovation and passion. The second is fundamental. Many in Lima work as if the company were theirs and this makes the difference.

Do you think that being Italian is a plus in your area?

Stereotypes exist everywhere and even towards Italy there are some. But if one analyzes what Italy has produced in terms of design and engineering, the Italian genius is undeniable. When we start a collaboration, everyone realizes the trustworthiness of LimaCorporate and therefore only the positive part of the stereotype remains.
Those who deal with Lima understand that the future of the company is to become one of the most important players in orthopedics.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

I like art and sport. I draw, read, photograph, sometimes I write. I used to play soccer, surf, basketball, tennis. I understand well what the eMotion of Motion is.
With two small children though, I don't have much time for my hobbies.

If you could completely change your job, what would you do?

What do I want to do when I grow up? Still do not know. I would certainly not make a job out of my hobbies because I'd be afraid of missing out on the fun part.
On a professional level, I have had the opportunity to change sector, but I feel that I still have too much to learn to give up orthopedics.

In your opinion, being part of a minority has helped you in the workplace?

The Italian and Slovenian cultures are very different, and I consider myself very lucky to carry them both within me. Living on the border means having many opportunities, and a greater open mind in general. I am also lucky enough to have two mother tongues, and it certainly helped me at work.

Meet I nostri ingegneri, our four engineers working in ProMade POC Center

The word that best describes LimaCorporate is passion: we are all enthusiastic about what we do, we work with great energy and determination which makes the environment very friendly.
Ciao Guys, it’s time to introduce yourselves! What’s your name, what do you do in LimaCorporate and where are you from?

DJ: My name is Doug Jones, and I am a Manufacturing Engineer for the ProMade PoC Center. I now live in New York City but I’m originally from California.
AB: I’m Alessio Barone, I'm from Palermo, Sicily. I work as Process Engineer in LimaCorporate’s Sicilian plant, but now I’m temporarily relocated to the ProMade PoC Center.
GC: I’m Giovanni Caccamo. I was born in Sicily, but I’ve been living in Friuli Venezia Giulia, where LimaCorporate’s headquarters are, for the past seventeen years.
JM: Hi, I am Juan Morales and I work here in the ProMade PoC Center. I’ve been a New Yorker for the past 31 years.

For how long have you been working for LimaCorporate?

DJ: I joined LimaCorporate in February 2021.
JM: I also joined LimaCorporate in early 2021. I guess we’re the newbies.
AB: I started working in LimaCorporate in 2009. It’s already been twelve years.
GC: I beat you all. I joined almost 17 years ago.

Why did you join LimaCorporate?

DJ: I was pretty excited about the ProMade Point of Care Center. I thought it was a very innovative opportunity to open up a brand-new manufacturing site inside a hospital. I thought about the diverse opportunities that I would have in LimaCorporate and about the impact and the help I could give to people.
AB: I think I was at the right place at the right time. The plant in Sicily was growing and I saw a unique opportunity for me. New technologies, a good work environment, and a great team.
GC: For me, it was my first job. I was just eighteen years old, but I had a good feeling about the environment. I was right!
JM: I worked on medical devices before, but only a little. Then I also worked in R&D but wanted to know more about both worlds. That was when I found LimaCorporate.

What are the challenges that you face every day in your work?

DJ: For me, the biggest challenge is adapting to this new industry since I come from the aerospace industry. I’m starting to learn more about medical devices and I'm learning a lot. It’s a very interesting industry but also very regulated which makes it even more challenging and interesting.
AB: Thanks to this experience in the ProMade PoC Center I had the chance to face the many challenges that come from the set-up of a new production facility from the ground up. It was a great professional and personal experience.
GC: In this experience, you need to have a 360 vision of what it takes to build up a production facility. The ProMade PoC Center may be little, but it needs the same things as a big one. We are overseeing everything, from logistics to process validation, to new suppliers and new employees. We never get bored around here.
JM: The main challenge is being a Jack of all trades and knowing a little bit of everything. But I feel like I’m getting better at it and growing professionally

LimaCorporate’s mission is to restore the eMotion of Motion in patients, to make their life healthier and easier. For that reason, we continuously try to transform orthopedics, what does this mean to you?

DJ: I always want to keep the patient in mind in whatever I do. Whether is creating the actual solution or building up a new process to create the implant, we always think about the patient and try to do the best thing. Every day, when I come to work, I think: how I can make the product better? what can I do to make the patient experience better?
AB: What we’re building today, here in the ProMade PoC Center, is driven by technological improvements. For me, it means improving my personal skills. I think that if we all try to improve ourselves, we can also improve processes and products.
GC: It means that LimaCorporate is already one step into the future. I’ve seen many things change since my arrival here and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
JM: I think that everyone I met in LimaCorporate was thinking about the future and how we can create better solutions. What I must do is bringing in new ideas. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish at the ProMade PoC Center, we can really can make a difference in people’s lives by producing custom solutions.

What was the thing that surprised you the most when you first entered the ProMade PoC Center and, of course, LimaCorporate?

DJ: That’s a good question. The thing that really stood out to me when I was in the HQ for training, was how passionate everyone was. It really seemed like everyone was extremely happy to come to work, do their job as best they can and push themselves so they can push the company forward. It seemed like everyone embodied that pioneering vision and it was really cool to see it live on a day-to-day. It was very inspiring. And then, coming to the ProMade PoC Center in New York, it was cool to have such a technological opportunity in the heart of New York City. It’s a first-of-its-kind facility. We're exploring the unknown, and it’s very exciting to be here.
AB: I’ve always managed advanced technology. We are a great team and it’s great to see so many people pushing towards the same goal. That’s what stood out to me and I’m very proud to be part of all of this.
GC: LimaCorporate has been my home for the past 17 years and the ProMade PoC Center is like my child. You can all imagine how happy I was when I saw it come to life. I hope it grows more and more.
JM: One thing that really impressed me when I joined LimaCorporate is that everyone has a passion for engineering and good products but also, I noticed that everyone wants the product to look good. Everyone is focused on good engineering but they also want to maintain a clear Italian design.

This brings us to the next questions which revolve around our Italian design and engineering heritage. How do you think that heritage sets us apart from competitors? Do you feel the “Italian design” living there in New York City?

DJ: You can feel the experience that LimaCorporate has on a day-to-day basis. During the training process, I was able to ask questions to Giovanni and the people in the HQ. I was given very thoughtful answers which was such a huge breath of experience. I would say that in NYC that Italian heritage is still very present and visible.
AB: Our heritage plays a pivotal role. Every new product, every new idea is filtered through our heritage and that makes a huge difference.
GC: I think our heritage is our power. It is what makes our implants unique.
JM: I come from general manufacturing and slowly but surely, I started taking classes in medical additive manufacturing. When US companies were barely starting to use AM, LimaCorporate already had years of experience. That’s the real game-changer for the US but Europe too.

Now that the ProMade PoC Center is open, how do you imagine the future of the center and of orthopedics in general?

DJ: I think that the ProMade PoC Center represents a huge opportunity for the industry. We can only imagine what new technologies will come out of such close collaboration between surgeons and engineers. It’s always very difficult to get everybody in the same room to discuss new ideas and technology, but here, that’s possible. I’m really excited to see what can come out of that. I’m still new to the industry but I think we’ll see fast innovation on solutions and processes that will bring great improvements.
AB: I See two major opportunities from the ProMade PoC Center: the possibility to work in close connection with surgeons but also the possibility to show how we work and how much quality we bring into our implants.
GC: in addition to what Alessio said, I think there’s also the speed of service on the plate.
JM: The point of care is really about lean manufacturing. Everyone is here and that’s important. Quick turnaround, quick design changes, quick success for the patient.

If you had three words to describe LimaCorporate, what would you choose?

DJ: I think that the word that best describes LimaCorporate is passionate. Everyone is passionate in Lima, and everyone works as if the company was their own, which makes the environment very friendly, which is the second word I’d use to describe LimaCorporate. LimaCorporate is also innovative and focused on the transformation of orthopedics.
AB: I agree with Doug. The passion of LimaCorporate employees is evident to everyone who comes and visits us. We’re also innovative, true pioneers in our industry. Moreover, we are committed to precision and quality, so as a third word I’d use quality-focused.
GC: I also agree with both. I would only add international. The fact that me and Alessio are here says a lot about how global and enthusiastic we are.
JM: I agree with my colleagues, we truly are passionate, innovative, and quality-focused.

What do you love about what you do? What drives you?

DJ: Work is very diverse here. Every day I work on something different and that is very exciting. I also work with some great people.
AB: For someone who loves technology and advanced manufacturing this is the right place to be. If you’re an engineer here, you’ll be able to explore everything there is to explore. In the end, also, I love what I do, and that love helps me face every challenge!
GC: For me, it’s the opportunity to start from an idea or a drawing and transform it into something you can touch.
JM: For me, it’s the opportunity to help someone and the technology.

What are you passionate about outside work?

DJ: I spend a lot of time with my family. I recently married and moved to NY. We just like staying outside and explore our new surroundings.
AB: I’m also passionate about my family. They’re the reason I’m here.
GC: I love playing drums and riding my motorcycle. Of course, I love my family too.
JM: I’m also passionate about my family. In general, I love summer and everything that’s related to it.

Meet Erik Greenhagen, Global Director, Med Ed / Sales Training.

With a background of over 25 years in the orthopedics business, Erik’s passion for the industry is truly inspiring. As one of LimaCorporate’s global leaders, he shares his view on what lies ahead for his team, looking at the rise of digitization and how they are stepping up to embrace new ways of working.
Ciao Erik, please introduce yourself. What has influenced your career today, and what led you to a career at LimaCorporate?

Before moving into orthopedics, my university education saw me complete a degree in Human Resources, which, reflecting on my current role, perhaps speaks a bit to the career path I find myself having gone down. That is, knowing and understanding people – after all, LimaCorporate is focussed on people-centric care.

My story is rather unique. My father was in the orthopedics business, so I was exposed to it at a young age and it’s a world I grew up with. At 11 years old I was watching knee and hip replacement procedure videos with my father and was helping him set up surgeries at hospitals across New York! So, I’ve known nothing else.

I was with one of the larger orthopaedic companies for many years and happened to be in the right place at the right time to join LimaCorporate five years ago. My years of experience taking brand new hip and knee products to the US market was a match at a time, when our company was relatively unknown in that market. I was excited by the brand’s “challenger” mentality and will never forget my first engagement with the company in 2016, where I felt the passion and saw the quality of what was being produced.

It was when visiting the manufacturing facility for the first time, when I saw the coordination, the precision testing, and how it all came together. This dedication to quality is at the heart of LimaCorporate and I knew it was the right place for me.

Tell us about your role at LimaCorporate?

I have been fortunate to grow with the company over the years. When the management team created my current position, it was really born out of my passion for what we do. At its core, I lead a team that engages surgeons by providing them with the products they need to provide best in class care to their patients. It’s about nurturing our Sales team so they can interact intelligently with customers and prospects, and ensuring they are equipped with an entrenched knowledge of our and our competitors’ products.

What do you enjoy about your job?

The ability to teach surgeons how to confidently use our products, and to support our sales reps on learning how to engage with surgeons, is incredibly rewarding. I enjoy the passion and focus of everyone I work with. We never let up or give up on our aims and ambition.

How does your team drive innovation?

For some time, we have been developing our digital technologies and capabilities, both on the product and sales side. This has involved upskilling our sales team for success as the world increasingly embraces digitization, as well as continuing to build out more complex components and technologies. Whether opening world-first facilities, such as the ProMade PoC Center, where we placed manufacturing right on the grounds of one of the world’s most significant orthopedic hospitals. Also, the development of our 3D printing and Smart SPACE capabilities, we are continually pushing the envelope to transform and remain pioneers of our industry.

What are some of the challenges you face?

As a team focussed on a hands-on, human experience, the pivot to the current virtual way of working has been a difficult one. We had to adapt quickly, and our team has worked tirelessly to replicate our engagement with customers, prospects, and recreate the same in person experience.

Over the last year we have focussed on not only engaging with our clients virtually, but also with our sales team. What’s transpired has been an incredible build out, both of our online education platforms and their content, but also our virtual events. This shift has enabled us to reach a far greater audience. For example, via our Med Ed side of the business where we provide “Skills Labs” for surgeons.

We know that a “hybrid-approach” to what we do lies ahead; to provide a virtual offering and practical events/tours when possible.

What are you proud of in your career?

Knowing that what we do, and the products we have, can fix patients’ chronic pain, and restore their mobility – this drives me every single day. I’m incredibly passionate about what we do. To see a patient rolled into an O.R., and knowing we are about to solve a complex orthopedic cases, is the greatest feeling.

If you weren’t in this career and company, what would your dream job be?

Cooking is a great passion of mine – no doubt related to my Italian heritage! I grew up with a half Italian mother and grandmother who were phenomenal cooks - plus the food and wine that goes along with it! I love how food brings people together, even via something so simple as a virtual lunch during these difficult times. I am an avid watcher of cookery programmes, which has an element of teaching and coaching there, so that is another area I would explore.

I was close to going to culinary school, and the idea of taking something you are so passionate about and showing that craft to others – it’s magical. If it wasn’t that, I am sure I’d be selling something. It’s in my nature to find a product I’m passionate about and put it in front of people and get them excited about it.

If you feel inspired by Erik’s story and are interested in joining the LimaCorporate family, please visit our careers page to find the latest roles available. We would love to hear from you.

Meet Chiara Gorasso, Quality Management System (QMS) Coordinator.

Joining LimaCorporate nearly four and a half years ago, Chiara is passionate about keeping quality at the heart of everything we do. A biomedical engineer by trade, she shares her journey to LimaCorporate and how her team continues to drive innovation.
Ciao Chiara, please introduce yourself. What has influenced your career today, and what led you to a career at LimaCorporate?

I've always been interested in maths and science. My mother is a maths teacher, and my father is an engineer, so love for sciences runs through my family! At the end of high school, a friend who was a biomedical engineer inspired me to pursue this particular career path, and it was love at first sight. Biomedical engineering is a fusion between engineering, medicine, and anatomy, and I was fascinated to learn about the various technologies and how they are applied to medicine and science

Having completed my bachelor’s degree in Padova, Northern Italy, I moved to Milan to complete my master’s in biomedical engineering. Whilst I didn’t originally specialize in orthopedics, the field has always interested me. LimaCorporate is the biggest medical device company in Friuli, so it was only natural I applied to work here.

I joined LimaCorporate almost four and a half years ago, as a process validation engineer in the company’s Quality Department. After a few months, I had the opportunity to join QMS so transitioned to my current role, which I love.

Tell us about your role at LimaCorporate?

As the QMS Coordinator, I ensure LimaCorporate’s products are compliant with good manufacturing practices, are of the highest quality standards, and satisfy all quality and applicable regulatory requirements. No two days are the same. Whether its organizing internal audits, or contributing to new operating procedures applicable for medical devices processes, my job is always exciting, with different challenges constantly around the corner.

I deal with a range of different business units and their requirements – our work is critical in ensuring all ways of working and procedure updates, that could impact quality, are guaranteed. Whilst my role is internal, I am in constant communication with our external subsidiaries, Authorities, and Notified Bodies (organizations that assess the conformity of certain products before they enter the market), to guarantee all quality requirements are met. I also train manufacturing, design, and development teams to ensure they follow all the applicable requirements defined in the LimaCorporate Quality Management System.

What do you enjoy about your job?

Knowing that the products we create are of the highest quality possible is a great thing to be part of. Quality is always present in LimaCorporate, from the factory floor to the operating table. As a quality engineer, I help our teams provide the best solutions, that not only improve patients’ lives, but change them. I’m curious by nature, and with regulation changing so rapidly that directly impacts companies like ours, I’m driven to help our teams perform.

How does your team drive innovation?

All the quality department is involved in the design and development processes for different activities, working with teams to produce new technologies and solutions. It’s up to us to have our ‘finger on the pulse’ and remain one step ahead of potential regulation. It’s important that our products and procedures are compliant in their respective markets’ requirements around the world. Behind every innovation, and market-leading technology and materials, are quality and applicable regulatory requirements. Without quality in production or processes, we cannot provide the world-class solutions for patients we are renowned for.

What are some of the challenges you face?

Understanding different departments’ needs and managing relationships to ensure they are met is an important part of my job. We work with some of the brightest minds at LimaCorporate, often collaborating with people who have expert technical knowledge and skills. It’s crucial we understand their specific needs and then translate them into a procedure, documents, or operational elements. Managing timeframes and expectations is a challenge, as we’re often tasked with short deadlines. That being said, being polite, calm and kind goes a long way! We are part of a great team and really try to support each other across the business to achieve our shared goal.

What are you proud of in your career?

Most recently, I participated in an external course run by our Notified Body to become an auditor. The training was intense. However, I’m proud to say I’m now qualified as an internal and external auditor.

If you weren’t in this career and company, what would your dream job be?

Funnily enough, when I was seven years old, I was interviewed by my swimming team's newspaper. They asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I said an engineer because my father is one! Now I am one, I love what I do. I love the medical device field, but if I had to choose again, given my passion for sports - swimming, running, hiking - I could see myself coaching. I want to help people, especially children, to develop their hidden talents. Everyone deserves to feel like a champion and know their strengths.

If you feel inspired by Chiara’s story and are interested in joining the LimaCorporate family, please visit our careers page to find the latest roles available. We would love to hear from you.

Meet Nathalie Bye, Global Brand Manager - Knee

With more than ten years of experience in orthopedics and almost two years in LimaCorporate, Nathalie is definitely a talent. The secret behind a successful career? Create good and lasting relationships.
Ciao Nathalie, please introduce yourself. When and how did you start your career in LimaCorporate? What is your background?

Hi! My name is Nathalie Bye and I’m part of the Global Brand Management Team. I’m responsible for the marketing activities of our Knee Product Portfolio, with specific responsibility to support the USA and Western European markets. I joined LimaCorporate in June 2018 but have been working in the orthopedic sector for 12 years in total. I started my career in orthopedics as a sales rep within the UK and have been a Product Manager, Marketing Manager and National Sales Manager within previous companies. I joined Lima UK subsidiary in 2018 as Marketing Manager for the UK and Ireland responsible for product strategy, key customer engagement and market development and in January 2021 I moved to work in my current role for the Global Brand Management Team.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job? And what makes you proudest about your career?

The most challenging aspect is balancing the time to think and reflect about strategic direction that long-term projects require with the workload that comes from day to day tasks that are required to support the business.
What makes me proudest about my career? Definitely the relationships that I have built with a large number of key surgeons and colleagues in our market, such that they are happy to collaborate with me on many projects & seeing the market growth of a product after a focus upon it with new strategy.

What are the challenges and most interesting aspects of working in such an international environment?

Since university, I’ve never actually worked for a British company. I’ve worked for a French company, then an Irish company promoting German products and now an Italian company. I’m not really sure I know what it’s like to work for a British company! My passion is for getting the best out of people and I enjoy working across many departments and with my colleagues internationally to help grow LimaCorporate business. I find it interesting working with people from different backgrounds and with different experience and find there are not many challenges if you 1st work to build a relationship with people. If you help someone, they will usually in return help you.

What are the required characteristics to work for LimaCorporate, according to you? What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in the orthopedic world and more specifically in LimaCorporate?

You need to be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and to be happy to flex outside your role if something needs to be done as the company is growing and some tasks don’t yet have an obvious owner!
For someone looking to enter the Orthopedic devices market I would say to them to be inquisitive, ask customers lots of questions. Understand why they do what they do and what motivates their decisions, you will learn lots very quickly that way about products as well as surgical practice.
For someone joining LimaCorporate I would recommend that they make sure they tell everyone they meet the history of the company as many customers do not know the brand and this is important to our future.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I’d say: you’re not defined by your mistakes. I always thought that people would judge me so tried to be as perfect as I could. Now I’ve realized that no one cares about the one or two mistakes you make, and they won’t define your capabilities so relax a bit!

In your opinion, which is the real game changer in LimaCorporate? Which is the aspect that makes LimaCorporate a winning company?

The real game changer in LimaCorporate is our engineering capacity and skill, we are able to develop technically advanced materials and implants that will continue to lead the way in the future.
I believe LimaCorporate is a winning company as we have not become so big that it is impersonal, there is management visibility and people work together as a team to succeed.

Dream away, if you could do any other job what would you do and why?

I feel that I still have a lot I want to achieve at Lima but eventually I would like to work as an executive coach helping other people progress in their career, especially if like myself they were a young woman in a male dominated industry! I have always enjoyed developing others and watching them grow in ability and confidence.

Meet Federico Leandrin, ProMade Product Development Coordinator for the USA.

Right after graduation, he started working for LimaCorporate ProMade team when there were only four people! Federico likes to step out of his comfort zone and that's what brought him from Villanova to LimaCorporate new facility on HSS grounds. "Hardware, knowhow, passion and great relationships are the ingredients of these results."
Ciao Federico, please introduce yourself. When and how did you start your career in LimaCorporate? What is your background?

Hi! My name is Federico Leandrin, I’m 29 years old and I’m the ProMade Product Development Coordinator for the USA. I’m now based in the beating heart of NYC at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where I’m responsible for overseeing all custom implants designed and produced for the US market. I joined LimaCorporate in June 2016, after graduating in material engineering with a focus on biomaterials and biomedical technologies. I started my career within the outstanding ProMade team as a Jr Product Development Engineer (back then there were only four of us!). During the past few years, the whole team has gone through an unprecedented evolution and great opportunities arose as a result.

You’re the first ProMade engineer working and collaborating actively with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, in LimaCorporate's new facility. What are your feelings about it?

It is an unbelievable experience and I’m proud to be the pioneer of such a game-changing collaboration between LimaCorporate and HSS. Sitting inside the first-ranked hospital in the world for orthopedics, working closely with internationally renowned surgeons to learn how to recognize and address the challenges they’re facing in the most complex cases, are among the high-value aspects that make this cooperation something unique. We’re now working on several projects in HSS and all around the USA and we start seeing the impact our service has in both patient’s life and surgeon practice.

What are the challenges of working in such an innovative environment? Is there something you miss from HQ life?

This experience has been, without a doubt, a radical change for me, professionally and personally. There are so many inputs and stimuli that all this new environment offers every day, that dealing with all of them is probably the most challenging aspect to handle so far. I believe this is part of the innovative nature of what LimaCorporate is building here in HSS and, of course, without the usual “Km 0” support of HQ, everything requires particular attention. This sort of self-management can easily push you towards your limits and, when it occurs, I like to keep in mind that “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”!

In your opinion, what is the impact that the new facility will have on LimaCorporate in a global perspective?

Let’s face it, we have the chance to completely change the way people think about orthopedics and the personalized solution for challenging patients. We’re bringing the technology into surgeon’s hands, where clinical and engineering expertise perfectly match. And I feel like we’re just at the beginning of our journey.

What makes you proudest of your job?

It may sound obvious, but being part of an energetic and dynamic team that recognizes everyone’s contribution, is key. Together we learn from our mistakes and, together, we celebrate success.
Beside this, the opportunity to see my creation evolving from the concept to the final application is something extremely rewarding. Everytime I walk in the OR and I experience the benefit that these unique and personalized creations have on patients, it fills me with pride. Hardware, knowhow, passion and great relationships are the ingredients of these results.

What are the required characteristics to work for LimaCorporate, according to you?

I’ll be honest, I believe I’m still in the stage of defining and finishing of my own skills (and I’m not sure I’ll ever stop doing it!), but what I’ve learned so far, from my experience in LimaCorporate, is that everything can happen very quickly, no matter the entity of the project. You need to be ready to thing outside of the box, be fast in making decisions without being afraid to take the wrong road. Risks and mistakes are part of the business and you, along with your team, should know how to make the most from every experience.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

If I go back a few years, I’d probably be looking at some nice mountains in Trento, where I attended my master courses and I’d say: keep studying, stay with your passions, don’t be afraid to go abroad and see how the rest of the world works, build relationships. I think everyone’s life is marked by choices, sometimes we voluntarily make the right one, sometimes we do it unwittingly. In any case, I like the idea that, if you keep doing the right thing, good things will happen to you.

Dream away, if you could do any other job what would you do and why?

Honestly speaking, I feel like I have a lot more to learn from what I’m doing now and from the people I work with.
Going forward, I hope I’ll be in the condition to grow new interests and set new personal targets. Surely it would be enriching to extend my knowledge on the functioning of an organization as a whole, not only from the technical and engineering point of view, but also from the business perspective.
I’m usually intrigued by things I don’t know, and I often wonder whether if it’s too late or it takes too long to deepen the knowledge of new topics. I guess I’ll find the answer by trying.