John Sidhom

John Sidhom is a Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student from the University of Michigan, intending to graduate in April 2011. As a freshman, he took an Intro to Biomaterials and Design class, in which he conceived of the "Magnetically-Assisted Artificial Joint." Currently, he is the interim CEO of Magnetic Ventures.


John Sidhom has applied for and been awarded 1 grant

  • Magnetic Ventures

    Began August, 2009 and ended August, 2010

    Over the past thirty years, total joint arthroplasty has emerged as an effective treatment for damaged natural joints. In the U.S., about 950,000 primary total joint replacements are done each year. Despite these medical advancements, artificial joint implants are still limited by their mechanical and material properties. Most plastic-on-metal joints only last 10-15 years before wear and plastic debris lead to revision surgery. The alternatives to plastic-on-metal joints, such as ceramic-on-ceramic joints, are difficult to manufacture, expensive, and are rarely covered by private insurance. With the current range of products, many patients have to choose between price and quality of life. Magnetic Ventures is a medical device startup spun out from the University of Michigan. This team has designed the Magnetically-Assisted Artificial Joint. This patent-pending joint design uses repulsive magnets to create a low-friction joint interface. This platform technology will be seamlessly integrated into the existing plastic-on-metal joint, thereby providing a low-cost, high-performance solution. This team has gained feedback from orthopedic surgeons, recruited countless medical and business professionals, conducted secondary market research and written a business plan.

    With the team:

    • Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen Center of Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Dr. Aileen Huang-Saad Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Mrs. Sharyn Sivyer Senior Project Representative, Research Development and Admin , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Mr. Joseph Ferrario Business Consultant,
    • Dr. Steven Goldstein Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Mrs. Lisa Kurek Managing Partner,
    • Dr. John Blaha Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Dr. James Ashton-Miller Research Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor