Jody Claypool has 20 years of experience developing products for the orthopedic medical device industry. Four years ago, he established an independent consulting business and has supported clients’ efforts to discover and develop advanced technologies for extremities, developed implants and instruments for ankle, knee, and shoulder product lines, and was an independent reviewer for a design control process for spinal implants and instruments. Prior to that, Jody spent 12 years at Zimmer Biomet, where he developed products and technologies for the knee and hip business units, winning an Excellence In Design (EID) Award for the innovative features he designed in the company’s flagship Persona Knee System. Jody also held roles in product management, program management, and design history file remediation. Before that he was an engineer at Paragon Medical, where he developed case and tray products and supported the manufacturing of instrumentation.
Jody holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo. He also holds an MBA from Indiana Institute of Technology. He is currently an adjunct professor at Trine University where he teaches Advanced Parametric Design, Machine Component Design, Mechanics of Materials, among other classes. Jody holds over 20 US patents.
One of Jody’s passions outside of work is the Helping Hands program, where he designs and builds 3D printed prosthetic hands for kids with limb differences.