By Kylie Veleta, Business of Health Reporter & Special Projects Editor for Inside INdiana Business

Warsaw-based Nextremity Solutions, Inc. says 2018 was a critical year of validation. The orthopedic company changed its business model in 2016—moving away from its roots as a traditional startup and becoming a strategic commercialization organization. Nextremity leaders say the shift was a success; the company recently ranked 331st on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 with a 246 percent revenue growth rate.

While taking leaps forward, Nextremity executives say the company’s strategy still centers on its visionaries: orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Lon Weiner and Dr. Stuart Katchis—both in New York City—co-founded the startup in 2007 by identifying unmet needs in the operating room. Nextremity Chief Technology Officer Ryan Schlotterback says the team took the surgeons’ East Coast ideas and brought them to the fertile soil of the Orthopedic Capital of the World in 2013.

“There’s huge value [being in Warsaw],” says Schlotterback. “Since 2016, our strategy is to develop products and deliver those to the large strategic OEMs. And here in Warsaw, there are some of the biggest; it works really well to be local and close to them.”