CoNextions CEO Richard J. Linder Receives the Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology

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Mr. Linder is Honored at Gala Celebrating this Prestigious Award

CoNextions Medical, Inc. ( CEO, co-founder and president, Rich Linder was honored by The Utah Science and Research Initiative (USTAR) and the Governor’s Office for Economic Development (GOED) at an awards dinner at Rio Tinto Stadium on January 13. Mr. Linder was the recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology.

The Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology are awarded to residents and companies who have provided distinguished service or made significant contributions to Utah’s advanced scientific and technological knowledge, education and industry.

“Access to science and technology resources statewide benefits not only the quality of STEM education for our students, but also the quality of life for Utahns,” Gov. Herbert said. “I am pleased to recognize these education and industry leaders, who have helped put Utah on the map in life science, engineering and information technology.”

Linder’s achievements include work as co-founder, director and former chairman of the board of BioUtah and his current leadership of CoNextions, a Sandy, Utah-based medical device company that is pioneering a promising new generation of soft tissue repair technology that is designed to accelerate procedures and subsequent patient recoveries at lower costs compared to traditional suture repairs.

Mr. Linder began his career in the medical device industry in 1991 with Merit Medical Systems. In 1996, Rich co-founded Rubicon Medical, Inc. and served as President and Chief Executive Officer, taking the company public in 2000 and overseeing its acquisition by Boston Scientific in 2005. Following his tenure at Boston Scientific, where Rich served as Vice President of Vascular Protection, he served as President/CEO and a Director of Coherex Medical from 2006 to 2012. Coherex is a company dedicated to the minimally invasive treatment of structural heart disease. Mr. Linder also serves as Founder and Chairman of Linder Enterprises, Lone Peak Technology, and a General Partner in Elkhorn Enterprises, a Private Equity firm investing in life science companies in Utah.

When asked how he felt about the award, Linder said he was “very honored and humbled to be bestowed such a prestigious award.” Mr. Linder further stated, “Utah has a wealth of engineering and science resources, a tremendous entrepreneurial spirit, state of the art medical capability, and educational resources. It would be unwise to go anywhere but Utah to start and grow a life science company.”

About CoNextions Medical
Founded in 2011, CoNextions Medical, Inc. is a privately held company located in Sandy, Utah. They are an innovation-based medical device company dedicated to achieving safer, stronger and more durable tendon repairs worldwide marked by faster rehabilitation, fewer complications and lower long-term costs.

For additional information about CoNextions Medical or the CoNextions TR, contact Angela Bailey, senior vice president of marketing, at (801) 580-4049 or abailey(at)conextionsmed(dot)com.

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