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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Holder of 90 surgical patents speaks at Huntsman School

The suture anchor is one of the most innovative surgical procedures of the past 30 years. It is frequently used by orthopedic surgeons all around the world.

It all started with the innovative mind of its inventor, E. Marlowe Goble.

“To me, it was intuitive,” Dr. Goble said at a recent Lecture in Entrepreneurship at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.
Dr. E. Marlowe Goble

Dr. Goble has over 30 years as an orthopedic surgeon. In that time, he has amassed more than 90 U.S. patents with more pending. He has also enjoyed success in the entrepreneurial realm. He has co-founded five companies, of which three have been acquired.

Dr. Goble said one of the things that he was most proud of was that he has helped create businesses that supply well-paying jobs for a wide range of skill sets. His companies are a great place for highly trained physicians in specialized areas of medicine, but they also employ numerous people with little educational experience.

During his presentation, Dr. Goble showed actual examples of some of the procedures that he pioneered. One of his procedures was a minimally invasive procedure in which he drilled through the tibia to get to the femur. This procedure replaced a surgery that required two large incisions and four days of recovery time. Dr. Goble’s surgery allowed patients to leave the hospital in the same day.

After watching some graphic videos of Dr. Goble doing his job, his last slide was a nice break. He ended the presentation by showing a picture of his beautiful family, all of whom who have gone on to do great things. He was justifiably proud of each of them and credited them with a lot of his success.

- Connor Child

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