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40 under 40: John Dinusson, OrthoCor Medical Inc.

Article by: Henry Breimhurst
Twin Cities Business
March 15, 2013 5:00am 

38, President and CEO, OrthoCor Medical Inc.

John Dinusson isn’t a doctor, and he doesn’t play one on TV. But the president of Minneapolis-based med-tech companyOrthoCor Medical Inc. is a smart and relentless businessman whose ability to oversee the development and marketing of a knee-pain-relief device has the company off and running.

It was Dinusson’s ability to get the OrthoCor Active Knee System into the hands of NBC’s Dr. Oz — who both is a doctor AND plays one on TV — that helped gain the device national attention, which led to further investment and which, now, is a component of the company’s marketing materials.

The OrthoCor Active Knee System is an electromagnetic device encased in a sleeve that slips over the user’s knee and delivers noninvasive pain relief.

The technology itself has been used since the 1970s. But Dinusson found a way to redirect it to a specific market need, shepherded the product through the demanding approval process and built a distribution channel. The payoff: a national supplier deal signed in 2012 that is a key part of the company’s path to success.

How did you score the Dr. Oz bit?

Dr. Oz found me through previous media we had done (WCCO News, website, etc.)

If you weren’t in the career you’re in, what would you be doing?

Venture capital

What’s the best thing about your job?

Knowing that I have made a difference in a patient’s life by enabling them to overcome their pain so that they may enjoy life!

I know it’s a good day when:

When I hear from an orthopedic doctor or patient how well the OrthoCor Active Knee System helped relieve their pain and arthritis.

What’s something about you that would surprise people?

I once lived in Nepal, spoke Tibetan — and that my first career was to work for Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys, where we produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert.

I am, hands down, one of the best _____ that I know


I am always fascinated by …

Almost everything, as the life and the world is more awesome each and every day!

Favorite song?

“Gentleman” by the Afghan Whigs; “Fool’s Gold” by the Stone Roses

Favorite dinner spot?

The Butcher and the Boar

Hometown: Rochester, Minn.

Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison

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