ORTHOWORX is a Warsaw-based, industry, community and education initiative established to advance and support growth and innovation within the region’s uniquely concentrated, globally significant orthopedics device sector. Founded in 2009, the initiative engages and enhances the broader community interests that both serve and depend upon the sector’s continued growth by targeting an integrated set of educational, workforce, cultural, communication, branding, logistical and entrepreneurial efforts.
The organization was created out of a comprehensive Lilly Endowment-funded study conducted by BioCrossroads. The report, “Warsaw, Indiana: The Orthopedics Capital of the World — An overview, analysis and blueprint for future industry and community growth”, explores the sector’s current assets and challenges and sets forth a series of action-oriented recommendations designed to secure and advance the community’s current position as home to nearly a third of the world’s orthopedic device industry.
Warsaw is in Kosciusko County, and the county has seen tremendous growth over the last several years, as a result of the orthopedics industry.
- Kosciusko County has grown its Health & Biomedical employment base by 39 percent since 2001 compared with 15 percent for both Indiana and the U.S.
- When compared with the larger Metropolitan Statistical Areas analyzed nationally in the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice biennial state by state industry analysis for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the Warsaw, IN Micropolitan Area (population 12,500) would rank as the 15th largest regional employer in medical devices and equipment in the U.S.