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These frequently asked questions are for Katena Products and Blink customers related to the transaction between Corza Medical and Katena Products. For additional questions, contact your Katena sales representative or customer service (+1 973-989-1600 / [email protected]) or visit www.katena.com
GTCR, a leading private equity firm and Corza Medical announced the acquisition of Katena Products, Inc. The acquisition of Katena expands Corza Medical’s portfolio of surgical products, adding significant scale, product breadth and infrastructure to Corza’s ophthalmic surgery segment. This represents Corza’s first add-on acquisition since its formation in January 2021 with the transformational merger of Surgical Specialties and TachoSil, a carve-out from Takeda Pharmaceutical.
Corza Medical united Surgical Specialties Corporation and TachoSil to create a leading provider of surgical medical devices. Corza Medical’s mission is to aid the surgical community with outstanding products and remarkable service that save time, money and effort. We are a leading provider of medical devices and biosurgery products serving surgeons and their teams, distributors and OEM partners around the world. With our expanding platform of industry-leading brands, including Quill® barbed sutures, Sharpoint® and
Look™ surgical sutures, Sharpoint® ophthalmic knives, the TachoSil® fibrin sealant matrix, as well as Pearsalls and FSSB OEM solutions, we deliver an exceptional customer experience and outstanding value to the entire surgical community.
For customers, the combined companies will provide:
• Strong ophthalmic expertise in clinically relevant disease states.
• Combined ophthalmic product portfolio.
• Increased direct selling in many major markets.
• Highly complementary product portfolio in reusable & disposable ophthalmic products.
• Expanded customer education & clinical resources.
The value of the transaction comes from the complementary nature of the companies. We do not expect any changes for Katena customers regarding their ordering processes, sales contacts, or customer service interactions which will remain the same. Any transitions over the coming months will be well communicated, seamless, and with little to no disruption.
Katena is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Corza Medical and the W9 you currently have on file remains valid.
This is a key objective for bringing Corza and Katena together. We plan to launch this initiative with our combined sales teams over the coming weeks and bring a broader portfolio and greater value to our customers.
Steve Blazejewski is the President & CEO of Katena Products, Inc. With over 25 years in the global medical technology industry, Steve leads all critical strategic, financial, and operational performance initiatives for the company. Most recently, he was President of the $12 billion Medical Solutions global business unit at Cardinal Health. Prior to that, he was President of the $4.5 billion Patient Monitoring & Recovery global business at Medtronic and led the divestiture of the Patient Recovery business to Cardinal. From 2012-2015, Steve was President of Covidien’s $2 billion General Surgical Products global business prior to Medtronic’s acquisition, and has held a variety of sales, sales management, marketing, and general management roles. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Bob Earley is the Chief Financial Officer at Katena. Most recently, Bob was CFO of Laborie Medical Technologies, a Toronto, Ontario based medical device manufacturer. Prior to Laborie, Bob was President and CFO for Bridgeport Tank Trucks, a Texas based oil field services company. Bob holds a B.S. in finance from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve.
Arun Mohan is the Vice President of Global Marketing at Katena. With over 12 years in the global medical technology industry, he leads all global marketing efforts focused on strategy, product management, customer programs, product development and professional education globally for the company. Prior to Katena, he was the Global Head of Product Marketing at Asensus Surgical in the abdominal surgical robotics space. Arun holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Jack Simmons is the Vice President of Global Sales at Katena. With over 11 years of leading customer-centric commercial models and delivering above market growth in the global medical technology industry, Jack leads the direct selling, distributor partnership, commercial operations, and customer service activities globally for the company. Prior to Katena, Jack was the National Vice President, Commercial Services at WaveMark™ a Cardinal Health Company. Jack holds a B.S. and M.Ed. in business and marketing management from the University of Minnesota.
Roger Tyler is the Managing Director of Katena’s global single use instruments business, Blink Medical Ltd based in the UK. With over 30 years of commercial experience in the ophthalmic medical device industry, Roger founded Blink Medical 18 years ago as the world’s first stand-alone supplier of single use ophthalmic surgical instruments. He leads Katena’s global commercial and operational efforts for the company’s single use ophthalmic instruments portfolio as part of the Katena senior leadership team.
Julie Eigenrauch is the Director of Human Resources at Katena responsible for leading Katena’s overall HR strategy in alignment with Katena’s business goals. Julie oversees Katena’s approach to employee engagement, recruitment, compensation & total rewards programs, employee benefits, performance management, and proactive workforce planning. For the past 10+ years, Julie has served as a strategic and accountable HR leader, driving commercial and operational excellence initiatives at large and mid-sized healthcare companies. Julie holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Cornell University.
Carolyn Zdenek is the Vice President of Operations at Katena. With over 20 years of operational leadership and experience in the global medical device and technology industry, Carolyn leads all supply chain management, manufacturing, and operations for the company globally. Prior to Katena, Carolyn was with Zimmer Biomet where she led the global Advanced Manufacturing Organization for the Orthopedic Division. Carolyn holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University.
Bryan Weinmann is the Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Katena. With 30 plus years of Quality/Regulatory Compliance experience in the medical device industry, Bryan ensures Katena’s on-going successful regulatory compliance track record globally. Prior to Katena, Bryan was with Stryker’s Orthopedics Division (Osteonics) where he played an instrumental role in Stryker's achievement of ISO certification and CE mark authorization. Bryan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Nauman Chughtai is the Vice President of Information Technology at Katena. With over 25 years of experience in infrastructure, enterprise systems, analytics, databases, and system engineering, Nauman leads all IT related systems and initiatives globally for the company. Prior to Katena, he was Director of IT Services at Verisk Analytics where he led the standardization of ITIL processes. Nauman holds a B.S. in computer engineering from University of Central Florida and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University.