BioPro was founded by Charles O. Townley, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, in 1987 in Port Huron, Michigan. The establishment of the corporation was a rather anti-climactic moment in Dr. Townley’s medical career, as by 1987 he had been designing and producing joint replacements for almost 40 years.
The fact of the matter was, to Dr. Townley, designing and manufacturing joint replacement implants was never about opening a business; it was always about helping patients return to “normal” and pain-free, comfortable lives.
Known among his friends, family, and colleagues as someone who marched to the beat of his own drummer, Dr. Townley was a tireless surgeon and medical researcher who ultimately wrote and published more than 26 scientific papers. He spoke at more than 84 clinical symposiums around the world, sharing his research and knowledge of orthopedic medicine with physicians and clinicians worldwide.
In the 1940s, as a pioneer in the field, Dr. Townley began designing implants for the toe, hand, shoulder, ankle, elbow, and hip, and knee. Some of his original designs are still used today.
The basic concept for all of his procedures was to replicate normal anatomy and his designs were calculated to transmit stress to supporting bone in a physiologic fashion. He envisioned the ideal replaced joint as “pseudobiological,” with his prosthetics serving only as an articular barrier to allow joint movement and provide pain relief.
Recognized throughout the world for his achievements in orthopedic research, Dr. Townley developed the world’s first anatomically-oriented artificial total knee in 1972, known as the Townley Anatomic Total Knee.
Dr. Townley’s 60-year career is a study in the development of modern materials, instruments, and implants. While maintaining a busy private practice in Port Huron, Michigan, he was an inveterate designer who spent much of his career-defining the anatomy, physiology, and healing of fibrous tissues in the shoulder and knee.