Tom Hedman, PhD., Orthopeutics’s founder and Intralink Spine’s CSO and Chairman, has been involved in orthopedic research and development since 1983, with a focus on spinal biomechanics since 1985, leading to expertise in soft tissue biomechanics. His graduate bioengineering training was at MIT and the University of Strathclyde. Dr. Hedman is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Kentucky in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Hedman is a recognized pioneer in the spine field with over 30 years of experience in both the academic and entrepreneurial realms. He has made over 100 presentations at national and international conferences and has over 65 peer-reviewed published articles. He is a reviewer for U.S. NIH grants and various technical journals. He has been active in interdisciplinary research training of medical students and residents, and has been the thesis committee chair for 12 Masters and PhD students. He currently has more than 20 issued patents, beginning with the first of its kind “2nd generation” disc replacement device issued in 1988.