Hyalex is an award winning, venture funded orthopaedic medical device start-up company based in Lexington, MA that is developing the HYALEX® Cartilage materials platform – a transformational synthetic cartilage technology and implant system for diseased and injured joints. It is our mission to address shortcomings of current treatment options to improve patient quality of life so that we all can Be Active, Stay Active™.

Our Story

As with many start-up companies, Hyalex was born out of a serendipitous meeting between co-founders conducting cutting-edge research in the fields of chemical engineering and biomaterials. A coffee meet-up at Stanford University led to a series of ‘what if’ discussions, which led to innovation at the intersection of multiple fields, pushing the boundaries of traditional orthopaedic materials, to create a ground-breaking new materials platform… HYALEX® Cartilage.

Meet the Team

With world-class leaders from the medical device, orthopaedic, and cartilage fields, more than 150 years of combined experience in successful medtech commercial product launches, and an exceptional group of top-tier advisors, investors, and advocates, Hyalex Orthopaedics is uniquely positioned to bring HYALEX® Cartilage to patients.

Carl Vause

Chief Executive Officer and President

Mike Hawkins, PhD

Chief Technical Officer

Mary Beth Schmidt, PhD

Vice President of Research and Development

Richard Balano, JD

Vice President of Quality Affairs

Chris Cain

Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs

Craig Fryman

Director of Product Development

Carl Vause

Chief Executive Officer and President

William Harrington, MD

Osage University Partners

Mike Hawkins, PhD

Chief Technical Officer

Wende Hutton

Canaan Partners

David Myung, MD, PhD

Stanford University

Brad Vale, PhD, DVM

Treo Ventures

Sonu Ahluwalia, MD

Cedars Sinai

Antonia Chen, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

David Flanigan, MD

The Ohio State University

William Griffin, MD

OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center

Scott Hacker, MD

Grossmont Orthopaedics

Joshua Jacobs, MD

Rush University Medical Center

Vivek Kalia, MD

Texas Scottish Rite for Children Hospital

Cassandra Lee, MD

University of California, Davis

Brett Owens, MD

Brown University

John Richmond, MD

Boston Sports & Shoulder Center and New England Baptist Hospital

Thomas Vail, MD

University of California, San Francisco

Andy Weymann, MD

Executive, Investor, Advisor, ex-CMO Smith & Nephew

Rick Wright, MD

Vanderbilt University

Affiliated with the MedTech Innovator

Member of UMass Lowell M2D2

Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center

Member of Johnson & Johnson Innovation