Excelen is a private, independent, nonprofit research and education organization with decades
of experience.


Our History

Over 30 years ago, renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Ramon Gustilo recognized the value of having an orthopaedic biomechanics research and training laboratory, and persuaded the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and Metropolitan Medical Center (MMC) to provide space and salary for an orthopaedic research engineer as well as the basic lab equipment.

Dr. Richard Kyle joined Dr. Gustilo in the early 1980s and together they founded the Midwest Orthopaedic Research Foundation (MORF) to advance the pursuit of new technologies and therapies treating orthopaedic injury and disease.  The lab became a key resource in education and research projects driven by MORF initiatives. Dr. Kyle continues today to practice medicine and provide leadership to Excelen, and Dr. Gustilo still works on product development. The first lab consisted of modest test equipment in three rooms on the HCMC/MMC campus. In the early years, Dr. Gustilo and the lab had a major impact on orthopaedic surgery when they developed the Genesis I total knee system with Smith & Nephew Richards. This innovative implant system became one of the most widely used in orthopaedic joint replacement in the 1990s.

Over time, the lab grew and evolved to include a 102-seat auditorium, greatly expanded research, testing, and practical lab capabilities, and a reputation as a leading site for hands-on clinical training and innovative research in the Midwest.

In March of 2005, MORF created the for-profit Gustilo Medical Education Center (GMEC) to support its mission. In order to create this organizational structure as well as allow MORF to maintain a controlling membership interest in the ownership of this structure, GMEC was incorporated in the state of Delaware and was joined in ownership by Dr. Ramon Gustilo and Dr. Richard Kyle, both controlling a minority interest of the membership units. In 2009 MORF and GMEC rebranded as Excelen – Center for Bone & Joint Research and Education. Later in the year, the building known as Elliot Park Lifesciences Institute (EPLI) was gifted to Excelen as a permanent home for the laboratory and to help financially sustain the organization into the future. 

Today, Excelen, provides the facilities and professional services to stage effective clinical training sessions in a convenient, comfortable, clinical environment. Didactic and practical hands-on training is made effective and easy through Excelen’s facilities and highly skilled professional services. Excelen's skilled engineers provide product and specimen testing services to device developers, entrepreneurial scientists, and business developers from around the world. 

~ In 2014, Excelen implemented Quality Management System that is based on the requirements (ISO) / (IEC) 17025: 2005 for testing laboratories. And in 2015 Excelen became accredited  by A2LA.

~ In 2017, Excelen added Computational modeling (Abaqus) to our many services.