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Exactech's Story

Thirty years of improving patient outcomes.


Exactech began as a dream shared by orthopaedic surgeon Bill Petty, MD, his wife Betty, and biomedical engineer Gary Miller, PhD. Drs. Miller and Petty had worked with several orthopaedic companies and thought they saw some things they could do differently, and better.

They wanted to make a difference in the quality of care provided to patients suffering from joint diseases like arthritis. In 1985, the Pettys and Dr. Miller made the first step toward realizing their vision by incorporating Exactech on November 8.

Since that time, Exactech has leveraged its founding principles to become one of the fastest-growing orthopaedic companies. Patients in more than 35 countries around the world now benefit from Exactech’s innovative solutions to joint replacement.

Through the company’s development, our purpose has remained unchanged:
Exactech exists to improve the quality of life for individuals by maintaining their activity and independence. We do this through innovative ideas, high quality products, education and commitment to service.


“Early in Exactech’s development, we established and articulated our purpose. I believe this purpose is, in large part, the same reason orthopaedic surgeons go to work every day: to help people improve the quality of life and regain their independence. Perhaps one of the reasons that Exactech relates so well to surgeon customers is because our purpose is very similar to their own.” 

- Exactech co-founder and Chief Executive Bill Petty, MD