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Startup sells to global health care company

October 28, 2016
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Grand Rapids-based RespondWell says it marries "the art of reward and game theory with the science of physical therapy." Photo via

A local software startup has been acquired by a global health care company.

Warsaw, Indiana-based Zimmer Biomet Holdings (NYSE: ZBH), a maker of musculoskeletal products, said yesterday it has acquired Grand Rapids-based RespondWell. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition is expected to strengthen Zimmer Biomet’s recently announced Signature Solutions offerings.

RespondWell develops software to assist patients with post-surgery recovery and physical therapy. Specifically, RespondWell sells tele-rehabilitation technology that allows doctors to communicate with patients online.

RespondWell’s Therapy@Home program serves as a virtual therapist in the form of a video game, including digital coaches who encourage patients in their recoveries.

"Tele-rehabilitation represents the future of optimal and efficient post-surgical patient care, and we are excited to integrate our remote rehabilitation platform into the Zimmer Biomet Signature Solutions suite," RespondWell Co-Founder and CEO Ted Spooner said.

David Nolan, a Zimmer Biomet group president, said RespondWell’s tele-rehabilitation program is “innovative and comprehensive.”

He added the acquisition “addresses the emerging need for health care providers to oversee and optimize post-surgical recovery outcomes in order to maximize value across the entire episode of care."

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