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Dr. Maurice R. Ferré, president and CEO of MAKO Surgical Corp., speaks during the company’s grand opening.
Photo courtesy of MAKO.

AKO Surgical Corp., a medical device company specializing in robotic arms for orthopedic surgery, recently expanded in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The company will build its Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic system at the facility and plans to create 100 jobs.

Founded in 2004, MAKO currently does business with approximately 82 Florida-based suppliers. The company markets both its Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic system and implants for orthopedic knee and hip procedures. MAKO was recently ranked as the number one fastest growing company in North America on Deloitte's 2011 Technology Fast 500.

"Our company is built and thrives upon a culture of innovation," said Maurice R. Ferré, M.D., president and CEO of MAKO Surgical Corp. "As MAKO continues to revolutionize the approach to orthopedic surgery and restoration of patients' quality of life, we are also committed to the South Florida community. We look forward to expanding our business in the region, establishing new job opportunities and seeking top talent for MAKO to add to our current team, which has contributed to MAKO's overall success."

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