Charlie Forton has been instrumental in conceptualizing, developing and commercializing a variety of spine and orthopedic medical solutions for over 15 years. His work with dozens of surgical opinion leaders reflects his commitment to apply surgeon and patient insights throughout the product development process.
Prior to joining Acuity, he led product development efforts on a variety of products for OsteoMed, Zimmer Spine, Spinal Concepts and Abbott Spine.
At OsteoMed, Forton managed product development efforts for spine, craniomaxillofacial and small bone orthopedics. He also led the commercialization for a novel radial retraction device that earned the 2013 Spine Technology Award for Minimally Invasive Spine Care, the PrimaLIF LLIF Lateral Interbody Fusion System. At Zimmer Spine, he led product development efforts to revitalize the Company’s minimally invasive product portfolio and was awarded the Zimmer 2011 Launch of the Year across all global businesses.
In addition to authoring over a dozen 510(K) clearances, Forton is a named inventor on 27 issued patents with 7 pending applications across a broad range of spine technologies (as of 2016). Forton has earned both a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from Duke University and a Master of Engineering Management from the University of Texas at Austin.
How does Charlie serve spine surgeons and their care teams?
Providing spine surgeons and their care teams with the most effective solutions for their surgical procedures is my mission. I firmly believe the best designs are those tested in the hands of surgical teams. This is one of the ways we fulfill our commitment to deliver high-quality, reliable products and tools.
In his free-time, Forton enjoys raising his three daughters and is an active member of his Catholic church community. A Duke Blue Devils bobble head holds a prominent position on his desktop. Forton is also a staunch supporter of his hometown Detroit Tigers and his adopted hometown’s FC Dallas Soccer club.