OMNI Leadership

The leadership team of OMNI has long been committed to the goal of helping patients experience a more active and pain-free life through excellence in orthopaedic product design, technology, manufacturing and surgical navigation robotics. The leadership team at OMNI is an experienced group of orthopaedic experts who continue to pursue this vision.



George B. Cipolletti - Founder, Chief Technology Officer

George Cipolletti is one of the founders of OMNI and also a member of the Board of Directors. In the Chief Technology Officer role he oversees all aspects of the development, marketing, manufacturing, and operations of the company portfolio of implants and systems. Previously, he was the Manager for Knee Research for Johnson & Johnson, Professional, where he was responsible for all knee product development. He was the Director of Product Development for Joint Medical Products Corporation when the company was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 1995. George also held positions at for Baxter Healthcare and Meadox Medical, Inc. in Neurosurgical and Cardiovascular Product Development. He holds a B.S. in Ceramic Science from Pennsylvania State University and an MS in Bioengineering from Clemson University, where his research involved PMMA bone cement. 

James V. Barrile – Chief Financial Officer

James "Jim" Barrile joined OMNI in 2011 and brings extensive experience with growth oriented medical technology companies. He was a member of the senior management team of Nova Biomedical and Chief Financial Officer for Vasca, TranS1 and Keystone Dental. Prior to joining OMNI, he founded Flex Financial, a company that provided strategic guidance and financial services to venture firms and their portfolio companies. Jim also co-founded Innovasive Devices, an orthopedic start-up, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he was instrumental in raising equity capital, leading the company through an IPO and facilitating the sale of the company to Johnson & Johnson. He holds a BS in Accounting from Bentley College and an MBA from Babson College.

Edward J. Cheal, PhD - Founder, Chief Science Officer

Dr. Cheal is one of the original founders of Apex Surgical, LLC which was eventually purchased by OMNIlife science, inc. He was previously Director of Research, Implants at Johnson & Johnson Professional where he was responsible for the research and development of the hip and knee business units. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Cheal was an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Co-Director of Biomechanics at the Brigham & Women's Hospital. Dr. Cheal received his PhD in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1986, where his research focus included the mechanics of fracture healing, the biological response to implants, and the design of joint replacement devices. At OMNI, Dr. Cheal leads the development of implants, instruments, and navigated solutions.

Christian Joly - Vice President, Robotics and Navigation

Christian Joly joined OMNI in 2014 with more than 25 years of experience in Med-tech and High-tech companies. In this role Christian is responsible for developing leading edge applications and solutions technologies. Formerly, Christian was the Chairman and CEO of Praxim, a medical device company that was successfully sold to OMNI. Previous positions include the CEO of AdRoxx, a company focused on analytics and cloud based data processing, and CEO of of TAK Imaging, a High-tech Imaging company. Earlier in his career Christian was a Senior Executive for Intellon Corporation. He was critical to steering the company on a growth path by focusing on tactical sales and developing strategic relationships. He was on the Board of Directors of HomePlug, and worked at LSI LOGIC where he was in charge of the DVD and Imaging Business Units with more than $100M of revenue responsibility. Christian has an EDP in General Management from Kellogg, Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rennes, France. He holds 7 patents in the field of Imaging and VLSI design.

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OMNI has long been committed to the goal of helping patients experience a more active and pain-free life through excellence in orthopaedic product design, technology, manufacturing and now--navigation robotics.