Exactech and UF: Committed to Education, Innovation and Health Care
Introducing the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Exactech and the University of Florida (UF) are proud to recognize and expand their long-standing partnership through naming of the Exactech Arena at UF’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center, an iconic sports and entertainment complex on UF's campus. Its arena is home to championship athletic teams including Florida Gators basketball, gymnastics and volleyball. The venue also hosts many other sporting, entertainment, academic and business activities. The naming rights sponsorship reflects the deeply rooted relationship between two Gainesville, Fla.-based organizations with shared goals of education, innovation and health care. This sponsorship was instrumental in helping UF complete the ambitious $64.5 million renovation of the facility that is scheduled to re-open in December. View Exactech's news release.
UF and Exactech: A long-standing partnership
Exactech and UF have collaborated for decades, supporting mutual interests, such as:
ADVANCEMENTS IN ORTHOPAEDICS
- UF surgeons and faculty collaborate with Exactech to develop the latest advancements in total joint replacement surgery and to conduct clinical research.
- Orthopaedic surgeons from around the world observe UF surgeons and gain hands-on experience in UF’s surgical skills lab.
- Exactech sponsors seminars for UF College of Medicine orthopaedic surgery residents and fellows.
- The Gary J. Miller, PhD, Biomechanics Laboratory, which serves students and research at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
- The William Petty, MD, Endowment in Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation to grow and expand educational research activities in the College of Medicine.
- Exactech coordinates internships, tours, course support and class projects for UF undergraduate and graduate students.
- Tuition reimbursement helps Exactech employees earn degrees from UF.
- Careers for a substantial number of UF graduates.
The Exactech Arena
The sponsorship provides Exactech presence at the arena, use of UF facilities and television coverage and commercial spots on Fox Sports Sun and Fox Sports Florida during arena events. Exactech plans to use the visibility to promote healthy lifestyles, encourage mobility for people of all ages and to expand its support of the Arthritis Foundation. #ExactechArena
A Passion for Patient Care
Approximately 50 million people in the United States are affected by arthritis, and 1 million new patients develop arthritis each year. Exactech works with surgeons to solve the remaining challenges of joint replacement surgery and also to educate patients about arthritis and treatment options, beginning with healthy lifestyles. Find an Exactech surgeon near you.
Exactech was founded in 1985 by orthopaedic surgeon Bill Petty, MD, his wife Betty, and biomedical engineer Gary Miller, PhD. While faculty and research colleagues at the UF College of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Petty and Miller collaborated with several orthopaedic device companies and thought they saw some things the industry could do differently, and better. They wanted to focus their vision on creating products and services that would make a difference in the quality of care provided to patients suffering from joint diseases like arthritis.
With global headquarters in Gainesville, Exactech now has more than 700 employees who design, develop, manufacture and distribute innovative orthopaedic implants and surgical instrumentation that are distributed in more than 35 countries. Read more about who we are and what we do.