About Us


X-Bolt Orthopaedics was founded in 2007.

In 2016, WHITE1 (n=100) results showed X-Bolt had a 0% cut-out rate vs 6% for SHS.

In 2018, the X-BOLT hip nailing and plating systems gained FDA approval.

In 2019, WHITE4 (n=1,125) reported just 4 cut-out events (0.8%) for X-Bolt, with better outcome scores at 4 months and 12 months.

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profile BrianDr Brian Thornes is a former orthopaedic surgeon with 17 years of clinical experience, predominantly specialising in trauma. Brian is a serial inventor of several medical devices, most notably the TIGHTROPE®, which is licenced to Arthrex Inc, FL. He is the Founder and Chief Executive of X-BOLT®. Brian has overseen the development the X-BOLT® product portfolio and the validation of the devices in large multi-centre clinical trials.

Brian has a medical degree from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters in Surgery from the National College of Ireland, a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and an MBA from Trinity College, Dublin. Over the past decade, Brian has served on a number of Boards, including Clontarf Orthopaedic Hospital, The King’s Hospital School, and the Higher Education Authority of Ireland.

Brian is a keen golfer at Portmarnock Golf Club, and in the summer enjoys playing cricket at Malahide Cricket Club.


profile RossRoss has worked with X-BOLT since 2009, developing and bringing products to commercial production. He has co-invented most of the X-BOLT implant and instrument portfolio. As Chief Operations Officer, Ross oversees the supply chain and distribution and is main point-of-contact with our international vendors.

Ross holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin, a diploma in management from Smurfit Business School, a certificate in Medical Science from the Royal College of Surgeons and is a Certified Solidworks Professional.

Ross is an avid sailor representing Howth Yacht Club and holds several national titles across a range of classes. He also enjoys off-piste alpine skiing during the winter months.


profile KarlKarl Cleere is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland. He has over 20 years’ experience in the auditing, corporate banking, corporate finance and private equity industries. A commercially focused finance professional and leader, Karl has is experienced in driving profitable growth with a track record of growing companies EBITDA 3x over three to five-year periods by being operationally involved in businesses.

Karl’s core areas of experience centre around development and delivering of strategic plans, fundraising of debt and equity, leading M&A and disposal processes and the development of finance functions.

Steven Thornton, Chairman

Steve Thornton was most recently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Excelsior Medical Corporation, based in New Jersey, USA. He has over 35 years in senior management positions across the healthcare industry, both in large established businesses with international operations and start-up companies.

He has held senior management and executive leadership roles with Eli Lilly, Bayer, Elan, SkyePharma Inc. and Bioniche Pharma. In these roles, Mr. Thornton managed and led businesses in the US, Europe, Australia, Israel and South Africa. Steve joined the Board of X-BOLT in 2013 and has been Chairman since 2016.