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joimax® develops and distributes devices and systems for spine surgery all over the world.
See in our history how it all began and how we have grown to what we are today.

joimax® History

2024

February
joimax® and the distributor Uber Ros S.p.A. announce their new partnership for the Italian market. Under this strategic alliance, Uber Ros will be a full sales and service provider of joimax® products to surgeons and medical practitioners throughout Italy.

March
joimax® plays a significant role in the expansion of training offerings of Orsi Academy in Melle. With the support of the European Regional Development Fund, made available by VLAIO, it invested in revolutionizing robotic technology from Corin and latest navigation systems from joimax®. This equipment allows Orsi Academy to further expand its offer in clinical disciplines such as navigated spinal surgery, neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery, particularly in knee and hip replacements.

2023

January
joimax® announces executive appointments among record-breaking sales for 2022. Mr. Maximilian Ries and Mr. Anthony Troncale are appointed to new executive positions, effective January 1st. The announcement comes among record-breaking sales across Europe, Asia, and the United States in 2022.

Maximilian Ries takes on the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Business Development and Operations at joimax®. In this position, based in Germany, he is responsible for scaling global operations to ensure joimax® continues its exponential growth. Formerly the General Manager, for the past six of his 13-year tenure with joimax®, M. Ries built out the United States and Latin American markets.


March
joimax® updates the ESPINEA® Training Facility. The newly renovated and expanded Endoscopic Spinal Academy (ESPINEA®) facilities, sponsored by joimax®, makes exceptionally, high-quality training accessible in an innovative and appealing environment. The Academy offers educational and hands-on workshops to surgery teams, customers and partners.

For almost five years, ESPINEA®, which is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, has stood for excellence in training in the field of endoscopic spinal surgery. After the inauguration of ESPINEA® China, joimax® refurbishes and enlarges the existing Karlsruhe training facilities into a modern, state-of-the art center to support their growing educational and training programs.


July
Endoscopic Spine Activities peak during summer 2023 and joimax® continues to lead the way.

From July 13 to 15 more than 80 attendees from 22 countries connect at the exclusive ESPINEA® World Summit in Edinburgh. The July events provide joimax® the ideal opportunity to launch the highly anticipated surgical access systems, iLESSYS® Biportal and TESSYS® Trans SAP, along with the new electrosurgical probe, Vaporace® Bipo, which are key to the endoscopic expandable fusion platform.


October
joimax® launches New iLESSYS® Biportal Interlaminar Endoscopic Surgical System for the treatment of spinal disorders at EUROSPINE 2023 Annual Meeting in Frankfurt, at SMISS Annual Forum (Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery) in Las Vegas and at NASS meeting (North American Spine Society) in Los Angeles, marking its global debut.

2022

April
joimax® experiences a major spike in attendance at its Endoscopic Spine Academy (ESPINEA®) workshops, which contributes to sustainable growth after another year of record revenues in 2021. The growing interest can be attributed to increased coverage in literature and publications as cited on PubMed®. Moreover, the joimax®-initiated workshop program, under the umbrella of ESPINEA®, offers optimal training for a variety of applications and procedures, making it attractive to a broader audience.

October
joimax® experiences major growth and launches TESSYS® TransSAP Endoscopic Surgical System. A significant growth is attributed to the popular workshop and educational program, which is now offered worldwide under the ESPINEA® training academy. To keep momentum, joimax® releases TESSYS® TransSAP — the fourth addition to the TESSYS® family encompassing the standard TESSYS® Std, TESSYS® XT featuring longer reach instruments, and TESSYS® Thx, the optimized version for the thoracic spine.

2021

January
Virtual Global Symposium on the current state of minimally invasive spine surgery sets standards.
Over the course of four days and with over 300 participants from around the world, state-of-the-art endoscopic surgical methods for spinal disorders are presented and demonstrated in live surgeries. Twelve of the world’s most renowned spine surgeons present case studies, give tips and tricks, and allow participants to look over their shoulders as they operate.

April
joimax® celebrates its 20th anniversary. In tandem with this milestone, the company expands their educational program, ESPINEA®, furthering their global reach. Despite COVID-19, ESPINEA® (Endoscopic Spine Academy) training programs, are held in cooperation with the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (RCSEd) and joimax® and are conducted all over the world in 2020, and in 2021.

June
joimax® globally launches its new generation Shrill®, the Shaver Drill System. Developed for the removal of soft tissue and bone, the joimax® Shrill® system is also highly effective in treating stenosis, a degenerative spine condition.

September
joimax® Launches NAVENTO® Navigation Endoscopic Tower at NASS and EUROSPINE. Optimized for endoscopic spine surgery with special settings for the safe treatment of sensitive structures, NAVENTO® is featured at the North American Spine Society (NASS) meeting in Boston in the same month and at EUROSPINE in Vienna in October 2021.

2020

March
joimax® launches its “Keep in Touch” program in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:
Faculty report about their cases, their way to endoscopic spine surgery or how they can deal with the current situation and increase their knowledge about endoscopy.


April

joimax® is organising the first Global Online Symposium on April 24 and 25, 2020 entitled “Endoscopic Spine Surgery – Indications, Technology and Limitations”.
On April 24 joimax® founder and CEO Wolfgang Ries hosts a panel with the faculties Dr. Ralf Wagner and Christoph Hofstetter, PhD. The following day Faculty Junseok Bae, MD, took part in the panel discussion.
On both days a theoretical part on transforaminal and interlaminar indications as well as a practical hands-on part are being held. With 430 participants the Online Symposium marks an important milestone.


May
joimax® starts with a new workshop concept: Prior to the practical hands-on sessions on site in the company’s own training centre in Karlsruhe in small working groups (max. 3 participants), the theoretical workshop part is held as an online seminar with the participants.


June
The 71st annual meeting of the DGNC is the first virtual congress and joimax® participates with two “Meet the Expert” sessions and a virtual lunch symposium.


July
A milestone in the joimax® company history!

joimax® receives FDA approval for the introduction of Intracs® em in the USA! This achievement represents another important milestone in the company history of joimax®®. With this landmark the way is paved for a wide adoption of endoscopy in spinal surgery.

2019

January
joimax® GmbH grows and expands office space in Karlsruhe (DE). In addition to more offices and meeting rooms, the Training and Education Center “TEC” is established.

February
joimax® announces new distribution partners in Brazil and Japan and further expands its international market presence as part of the overall growth strategy.

March
joimax® hosts international training summit in Salzburg (AU) presenting innovative technologies, honoring outstanding surgeons with the Kambin Award and introducing the newly founded Endoscopic Spine Academy (ESPINEA®).

August
joimax® and Red One Medical partner to support Expert Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery for veterans and active military. Red One Medical is a leading medical device distributor and wholesaler serving the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers and Department of Defense (DoD) hospitals.

Official sales launch of the complete and CE-approved EndoLIF® family for endoscopic-assisted minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusion, consisting of the well-known and also FDA-approved EndoLIF® O-/On-Cage, the EndoLIF® Delta-Cage, and the latest EndoLIF® DoubleWedge-Cage.


September
Official launch of the joimax Academy ESPINEA®. With its comprehensive and systemic educational approach to spinal endoscopy this academy offers a professional and high-quality educational program for endoscopic spinal surgeons.

 

2018

May
joimax® launches its latest Interlaminar Endoscopic System iLESSYS® Pro and new 4K Camera Light Source and Documentation Command System, Camsource® LED and Vitegra® at AANS New Orleans, LA and GLC in Singapore.

2017

January
The endoscopic decompression of spinal cord is accounted with the billing code 62380 in the USA. joimax® now holds more than 150 patents and trademarks. During 2017 joimax® initiates specific fellowship courses.

April
joimax® celebrates its 10th anniversary presence in China with 900 users.
joimax® recieves 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market the Endovapor® 2 Multi Radio Frequency System.

August
joimax® opens its first Education & Training Center in Irvine, CA.

2016

April
joimax® is celebrating its 15th anniversary worldwide at AANS in Chicago combined with a joimax® Senior Faculty Meeting.

July
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces a new Code for Endoscopic decompression of Spinal Cord.

October
Major presence at NASS (North American Spine Society) 2016 with a User Meeting and Workshop at Harvard Medical School, a NASS CME LAb and an Expert Panel Forum at the exhibition booth.

Launch of Intracs® and MultiZYTE® SI at the EUROSPINE 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

November
joimax® shows major presence at COA 2016 in Beijing, China and inaugurates new NASS-joimax® MISS training centre. FDA Clearance for joimax® Vaporflex® and Legato® electrosurgical probes.

2015

March
FDA-Approval Percusys®.

July
FDA-Approval EndoLIF® on Cage.

October
Launch iLESSYS® Delta.

December
joimax® starts developing to combine surgical navigation and endoscopic minimal invasive spinal surgery.

2014

July
joimax® starts launching fully CE-approved EndoLIF® O-cage and Percusys® screw-rod system.

June
joimax® celebrates 10 years with TESSYS® and opens new training facilities in Shanghai, China.

2013

October
joimax® presents the EndoLIF® at the EUROSPINE in Liverpool and at the NASS in New Orleans for the first time.

2012

August
joimax® receives BRIC (Brasil, Russia, India, China) registration.

October
Start of the development cooperation with the University of Toledo (Ohio, USA) on endoscopic cage technologies. Later that year joimax® kicks-off collaboration with Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (USA) and University of Miami, Florida (USA) to allow special education and development through fellow und residence programs.

2011

April
joimax® Inc. celebrates its 5th anniversary.

November
joimax® GmbH celebrates its 10th anniversary.

2010

June
joimax® Inc. moves into new location in Irvine, CA. joimax® GmbH expands within facility space on the Raumfabrik area.

October
Market launch of Shrill® for the treatment of stenosis.

December
Market launch of the joimax® HD program.

2008

June
TESSYS® presentations at the World Congress for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery & Techniques (WCMISST), Hawaii, USA.

2007

March
Foundation of the joimax® Faculty Team.

November
First Stenosis patents and start of development of new treatment techniques.

2006

April
Start of business activities of joimax®, Inc. in Los Gatos, CA, USA.

November
joimax® GmbH celebrates 5th anniversary at MEDICA in Duesseldorf, Germany.

2005

March
Move into new facility on the Raumfabrik area in Karlsruhe Durlach (Germany), focus on spinal surgery.

August
USA FDA product registrations and first 510k for endoscopes, THESSYS® changed into TESSYS®.

2004

May
Market introduction of the THESSYS® technology and first workshop.

2003

December
Full ISO EN-CE Certification for spinal products.

2002

March
First offices in Stutensee near Karlsruhe, Germany.

September
Market introduction of Vitegra® and Versajet®.

2001

April
Official registration of the company as GmbH and first trade-fair appearance at the MEDICA in Duesseldorf, Germany.

September
Trademark registration and company foundation of joimax® in Karlsruhe; First patent applications.

November
Official registration of the company as GmbH and first trade-fair appearance at the MEDICA in Duesseldorf, Germany.

joimax® Team

Innovative thinking and execution combined with longtime professional experience are the strengths of the operative senior management team of joimax®.

More than 42 years business experience, with 37 years in the health care and 6 years in the telecom industry. Prior to the foundation of joimax® in fall 2001, he held positions of growing responsibilities in sales, product and marketing management and VP Business Development Europe at Baxter CardioVascular Group, today Edwards LifeScience.

At the German-French venture, Saphir Medical, he was the Managing Director and at HydroCision Inc., Andover, MA he was VP Marketing & Business Development. His educational background includes a telecom engineering and a degree in medicine (4 years) from the University of Vienna, Austria. Besides that he completed several business management programs and courses like the Baxter-IMD Lausanne Leadership 2000 MBA program.

Rainer Schmitz Profile Picture, CFO/COO of joimax GmbH

More than 38 years business experience in finance and controlling. Prior to joimax® he worked several years as a General Manager Finance/Controlling at TerraTec Electronic GmbH, a global acting consumer electronic company. Prior to that, he held the position of the Director Finance in Conceptware AG, a global acting consulting and IT company.

His educational background is based on commercial education with graduation in business administration, a 1 year trainee program in Business Administration in South Africa and 4 years study of Business Economics at the University of Hagen, Germany.

Maximilian joined joimax® in 2009. Since 2015 he was the Integration and Operations Manager of joimax GmbH and since 2016 General Manager of joimax® Inc.

He holds degrees in Technical Management and Business Management. In 2023, Maximilian took on the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Business Development and Operations at joimax®. In this position, based in Germany, he is responsible for scaling global operations. Maximilian’s diverse education and experience over multiple departments helps the company to adopt quickly to new challenges and is supporting the growth of the company.

More than 42 years business experience, with 37 years in the health care and 6 years in the telecom industry. Prior to the foundation of joimax® in fall 2001, he held positions of growing responsibilities in sales, product and marketing management and VP Business Development Europe at Baxter CardioVascular Group, today Edwards LifeScience.

At the German-French venture, Saphir Medical, he was the Managing Director and at HydroCision Inc., Andover, MA he was VP Marketing & Business Development. His educational background includes a telecom engineering and a degree in medicine (4 years) from the University of Vienna, Austria. Besides that he completed several business management programs and courses like the Baxter-IMD Lausanne Leadership 2000 MBA program.

Rainer Schmitz Profile Picture, CFO/COO of joimax GmbH

More than 38 years business experience in finance and controlling. Prior to joimax® he worked several years as a General Manager Finance/Controlling at TerraTec Electronic GmbH, a global acting consumer electronic company. Prior to that, he held the position of the Director Finance in Conceptware AG, a global acting consulting and IT company.

His educational background is based on commercial education with graduation in business administration, a 1 year trainee program in Business Administration in South Africa and 4 years study of Business Economics at the University of Hagen, Germany.

Maximilian joined joimax® in 2009. Since 2015 he was the Integration and Operations Manager of joimax GmbH and since 2016 General Manager of joimax® Inc.

He holds degrees in Technical Management and Business Management. In 2023, Maximilian took on the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Business Development and Operations at joimax®. In this position, based in Germany, he is responsible for scaling global operations. Maximilian’s diverse education and experience over multiple departments helps the company to adopt quickly to new challenges and is supporting the growth of the company.

The satisfaction of our customers and their patients is at the heart of everything we do

We develop, produce, and distribute our medical technology products in compliance with the highest quality criteria. This allows surgeons to treat patients with the best possible techniques and enables them to return to everyday life as quickly as possible.

joimax® GmbH, the global market leader in endoscopic minimally invasive spine surgery, has successfully implemented a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 13485, EC-Directive 93/42/EEC (MDD) and EU-Regulation 2017/745 (EU-MDR). In addition, our quality management system meets the regulatory requirements of the US FDA. Further international registrations are available.

The satisfaction of our customers and their patients is at the heart of everything we do

We develop, produce, and distribute our medical technology products in compliance with the highest quality criteria. This allows surgeons to treat patients with the best possible techniques and enables them to return to everyday life as quickly as possible.

joimax® GmbH, the global market leader in endoscopic minimally invasive spine surgery, has successfully implemented a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 13485, EC-Directive 93/42/EEC (MDD) and EU-Regulation 2017/745 (EU-MDR). In addition, our quality management system meets the regulatory requirements of the US FDA. Further international registrations are available.

The satisfaction of our customers and
their patients is at the heart of everything we do

We develop, produce, and distribute our medical technology products in compliance with the highest quality criteria. This allows surgeons to treat patients with the best possible techniques and enables them to return to everyday life as quickly as possible.

joimax® GmbH, the global market leader in endoscopic minimally invasive spine surgery, has successfully implemented a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 13485, EC-Directive 93/42/EEC (MDD) and EU-Regulation 2017/745 (EU-MDR). In addition, our quality management system meets the regulatory requirements of the US FDA. Further international registrations are available.

The satisfaction of our customers
and their patients is at the heart of everything we do

We develop, produce, and distribute our medical technology products in compliance with the highest quality criteria. This allows surgeons to treat patients with the best possible techniques and enables them to return to everyday life as quickly as possible.

joimax® GmbH, the global market leader in endoscopic minimally invasive spine surgery, has successfully implemented a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 13485, EC-Directive 93/42/EEC (MDD) and EU-Regulation 2017/745 (EU-MDR). In addition, our quality management system meets the regulatory requirements of the US FDA. Further international registrations are available.

TÜV SÜD Certificates

TÜV SÜD Confirmation Letters for continued validity of MDD-Certification (EC Directive 93/42/EEC)

TÜV SÜD Confirmation Letters for continued validity
of MDD-Certification (EC Directive 93/42/EEC)

TÜV SÜD Confirmation Letters for
continued validity of MDD-Certification
(EC Directive 93/42/EEC)

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