KPC NEWS SERVICE
WARSAW — Northeast Indiana’s former congressman has been named president of a new pediatric orthopedic company.
Marlin Stutzman, who previously represented Indiana’s 3rd District, will lead WishBone Medical in Warsaw.
WishBone’s founder, Nick Deeter, started the company in 2006 after identifying an unmet need in the pediatric orthopedics field to create devices designed for the smaller body sizes of children.
WishBone Medical is developing new products that will address the needs of children, such as implants that correct deformities of long bones, sports-related injuries, foot and ankle deformities, trauma, spinal and thoracic deformities, biologics and preventative body armor, according to a news release from the company.
Stutzman, Howe, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2010-2016 before giving up his seat in an effort to run for U.S. Senate. He was defeated in the Republican primary in May 2016 by Todd Young, who went on to win the seat in the fall election.
His work background is in commercial farming, where he and family members farmed several thousand acres. He has no previous experience in the medical industry or in executive management beyond his family operation.
“We are thrilled to have Marlin on the team. His passion and drive for what we are doing and the kids we are committed to helping is unmatched. I truly believe that his experience as a U.S. Congressman will help WishBone Medical take a different approach to this industry. Exciting things to come for sure,” Deeter said in the news release.
Stutzman said he is looking forward to building relationships in the medical device industry and with families needing WishBone’s products, with the aim of making sure kids can grow up healthy.
“As a long-time local businessman, as well as a U.S. Congressman for the past six years, I am looking forward to helping children and families recover from traumatic events or correct congenital disorders.
Today’s technology in the medical field is exciting and moving forward in ways we never imagined. I look forward to working with WishBone Medical to help families and children enjoy life with the help of WishBone’s products and services,” Stutzman said in the release.