Kelly Ammann

Kelly Ammann, P.E., M.E., provides product development services and technical consulting to the orthopedic device industry.  He has over 20 years of industry experience in medical device design and development, testing, regulatory approval, and commercial launch.  Kelly guides medical products through all phases of development from concept to full market release, including detailed design and verification, final validation and process development.

Brief Resume

Kelly Ammann, founder of Jortek Surgical, Inc. holds over 10 U. S. patents on medical devices with over 20 more patents pending.  In addition to being an accomplished inventor, Kelly has also held management positions in Fortune 500 medical device companies as well as start-ups.  He brings valuable experience and skills to each project, including:

•Design and development of implants and surgical instruments.
•Cadaveric evaluation of surgical instruments, techniques and implants.
•Meaningful engineering analysis, bench testing and documentation.
•Implementation of regulatory strategies.
•Design for manufacturing, inspection and assembly.
•Surgical support in the operating room environment.

In 2001, Kelly began work as an independent consultant, focusing primarily on medical device start-ups.  As an outgrowth of his consulting relationship, he joined iBalance Medical in 2005 as Director of Engineering and was subsequently appointed Vice President of Engineering and Product Development.  In this capacity, he led the design, development, testing, regulatory approval, and commercialization of a novel orthopedic implant and instrument system that was eventually acquired by a major orthopedics device company.

Prior to starting his consulting business, Kelly developed successful products in 3M’s Medical/Surgical and Orthopedic Products Divisions.  There he integrated the medical device product development process with meaningful clinical feedback and testing.  In his work at 3M, Kelly was responsible for developing products for ACL reconstruction, total knee replacement, small bone surgery, and neurosurgery.


After 3M, Kelly worked for Colorado MedTech, where he made strong contributions in engineering analysis and design resulting in the development of advanced medical devices currently marketed in diagnostic and therapeutic sectors.

Kelly has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Minnesota and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, the DaVinci Institute and the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS).