Our People

Our diverse team is focused on delivering the unique benefits of X-Bolt. Between us we have many years of experience in the medical device industry and we bring an unwavering focus to improving orthopedic trauma surgery for patients and surgeons.

Brian Thornes

Brian Thornes

Founder & Chief Executive

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

Brian has a medical degree from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters in Surgery, Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and an MBA. 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.

David O’Brien

David O’Brien

Chief Operations Officer

David is a medical device professional with over 17 years of commercial experience in the medical device industry, most recently as Commercial Director of Olympus Medical UK and Ireland. He is responsible for all of X-Bolt's operations including commercialising the organisation and bringing the product portfolio to the market.

David is a Dublin Institute of Technology/ Technology University of Dublin alumnus holding a Diploma in Business Management and is currently completing his MBA.

David is an enthusiastic drummer, portrait artist and all-round creative who keeps fit cycling, when the weather suits.

Steve Thornton

Steve Thornton

Chairman of the Board

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.