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Oratec Interventions Inc.

Division of Smith & Nephew PLC

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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Medical Devices
    • Surgical Equipment & Devices
      • Minimally or Less Invasive
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Musculoskeletal & Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Alias(es)
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Smith & Nephew PLC
  • Senior Management
  • Kevin W Anstey, Pres. & CEO
    Nancy Westcott, CFO
    Roger H Lipton, VP, Sales & Mktg.
    Theresa M Mitchell, VP, Reg. & Clinical Affairs, Qual. Assurance
    Hugh Sharkey, CTO
  • Contact Info
  • Oratec Interventions Inc.
    Phone: (650) 369-9904
    3700 Haven Ct.
    Menlo Park, CA 94025