Woven Orthopedic Technologies, Manchester, CT
Innovative bio textile technology will revolutionize orthopedic patient care
It’s no coincidence that 175 years after the Cheney Brothers pulled off a classic entrepreneurial ‘pivot’ and founded the world’s largest silk mill in Manchester, CT, another set of brothers, the Viscogliosi Brothers, chose the city to be the headquarters for their textile business—Woven Orthopedic Technologies (Woven). Led by serial entrepreneur and CEO, Ilana Odess, this one-year old medical device company leverages advances in smart engineered fabric materials and methodologies to improve patient care. Their product, a tiny sheath woven on state-of-the-art braiding machines using synthetic yarn, will be used to help orthopedic screws adhere to bones, thus preventing screw failure and helping patients avoid costly, debilitating additional surgeries.
The Woven team is part of a movement to help drive Manchester’s revitalization, and build on its reputation as the historic textile capital of Connecticut. They have already put $3.8MM in funding to work in the city, where they are creating jobs and actively pursuing FDA approval so they can begin manufacturing and distributing their product.
Just as the Jacquard Loom’s innovative punch card system revolutionized the weaving of traditional fabrics, Woven’s innovative technology will revolutionize the orthopedic fixation industry. This startup company is working closely with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) to help achieve its goals. They own patents on their technology, have been accepted into the Department of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) Jet Program and have applied for a Business Express package. Woven has partnered with Connecticut-based attorneys and accounting firms, and used a local high-tech weaving facility to create their first prototype. CTSBDC Advisor, Patty Meagher was instrumental in helping the team recruit new members and is introducing the company to the Connecticut investment community and other critical growth resources in the state.
“The Woven team is part of a movement to help drive Manchester’s revitalization, and build on its reputation as the historic textile capital of Connecticut.”
“At the end of the day, where a startup struggles the most is in locating great talent and figuring out what programs and resources are available to them,” explained Ilana Odess. “Patty is helping us navigate the waters in Connecticut by connecting us to the right people, identifying opportunities, and helping us pinpoint the right state resources.”
With several world-class universities within its borders and home to some of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical industry, Connecticut has become a test bed for biotech, medical devices and life sciences. Woven has leveraged many resources available in the state including hiring a number of student interns to add to their team.
“The Woven team is a pleasure to work with. I find their commitment to the revitalization of Manchester truly commendable and when their product is approved, it is going to significantly improve people’s lives,” said Patty.
“It should come as no surprise that Ilana won the entrepreneur of the year award at the Connecticut Technology Council’s ‘Women of Innovation’ event earlier this year. She is one of the new breed of women entrepreneurs who is breaking the glass ceiling and providing exceptional leadership. She is an inspiration to young women who aspire to start their own companies.”