Our story

As a supply and service company (Patella™), Surgeonious® has been offering sustainable solutions for surgical instruments for 35 years, both for hospitals and surgeons in Belgium and in northern France and the Benelux.

Serving the surgeons of tomorrow

Our mission is to connect surgeons with innovative MedTec companies worldwide in order to contribute to excellence in sustainable surgery. We go the extra mile for healthcare solutions for every patient in the world. Surgeonious® stands for “excellence & beyond” because we believe that everyone has the right to the best available value-based healthcare. Our cornerstones are trust, sustainability and innovation.

Our Company Culture

  • Trust: Our Surgeonious® community is a safe space where issues can be discussed and solutions can be created. Surgeonious® has a long-established, worldwide network of clients and manufacturers to draw on.
  • Sustainability: Surgeonious® builds bridges between the various partners and thus contributes to long-lasting, patient-oriented solutions and sustainable, circular and cost-effective instruments for our clients. Surgeonious® extends sustainability right into the heart of the organisation (electric vehicle fleet, digitalisation, packaging, carrier, work-life balance, etc.) and the provided services in order to create a footprint that is sustainable and circular both within and outside the healthcare community.
  • Innovation: Surgeonious® regularly participates in international medical fairs to check on the latest trends and actively listens to the experiences and needs of surgeons and their teams at medical conferences and in operating theatres. Surgeonious® provides the smart, innovative surgical technologies that help surgeons excel in their fields.
the Surgeonious company culture with surgeons, patients and medtech companies

Our operating team

Peter-Jan Naert
Sales Business Developer
Peter-Jan understands how to listen to the needs of surgeons and find the right MedTech solution for them. His background in Communications and Business and more than 20 years’ experience in medical sales form the bedrock of our company.
Evelien Verrue
General Manager
Evelien joined us in 2014 after over 15 years in clinical operations in the pharmaceutical sector. As a biomedical scientist with an Msc in biotechnology and a postgraduate degree in Business Management and Accounting, she takes care of the daily management with great passion and drive.
Sylvie Bulckaert
Customer Service
Sylvie diligently comes daily on her pedelec to provide customer service at Surgeonious. After studying business communication and international management, she built a 20-year career in customer service in various sectors. Sylvie closely monitors Surgeonious’ order administration and deliveries. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, designing greeting cards and travelling.
Alexander Lippens
Circular Business Developer
Alexander is a creative product developer with a great fondness for surgical instruments. Durability is in his genes and in his spare time he restores antique clocks, as well as reupholstering seats. At Surgeonious, Alexander’s Cradle to Cradle vision contributes to developing and maintaining sustainable innovative distribution Processes and Services for the Healthcare community.
Jocelijn Geurts
Sustainability Consultant
Jocelijn is our accomplice in injecting sustainable business into Surgeonious’ DNA. As a commercial engineer with over 10 years of experience, she is at home in many sectors and uses the resulting cross-pollination to build sustainability plans for our hospitals’ surgical equipment.
Christophe Leenknecht
Digital Marketing Consultant
Christophe shares his background in communication studies with Peter-Jan, and brings more than 25 years of marketing experience on board with Surgeonious. With his mission statement “Turning strangers into friends,” he hits the nail on the head. How convenient isn’t it when you are digitally instantly led to the right information or solution you are looking for? Excellence & Beyond, of from ‘stranger’ to ‘friend’.

Our history

Oprichting Patella
Where it all started
Following a successful career at J&J, Jan Naert founded our company Patella NV in September 1988. Patella distributed orthopaedic instruments from its Bruges headquarters to the rest of Belgium.
Logo's dufner en bissinger
Expansion of the product range and fields of use through exclusive partnerships.
In the 1990s, Patella teamed up with many new partners, including:
Dufner instruments (Tuttlingen, Germany)
High-class open and endoscopic surgical instruments
Bissinger Medizintechnik (Teningen, Germany)
High standard electrosurgical instruments
The second generation
20 years after it was founded, the second generation of the family joined the SME in the person of Peter-Jan Naert, who took over the company in 2011. The logo became “Patella Surgical Instruments bv”, and the product range was extended to include Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery.
A righthand for Peter-Jan
Since 2014, Peter-Jan has counted on Evelien Naert-Verrue as his operational right hand for a thorough optimisation and digitalisation of all the growing company’s processes. This highly complementary partnership has grown organically over time so that Evelien now takes care of day-to-day management while Peter-Jan devotes himself to Sales Business Development.
New premises in Bruges
Our 30-year milestone was celebrated with the opening of our new premises in Bruges.
Needle VATS & RATS
Existing partnerships expanded their product offering with the introduction of Dufner’s VATS needle and Robotic Assisted Thoracic Surgery (RATS).
Logo's nieuwe partners
Three new exclusive partnerships
In 2019 and 2020 we secured three new exclusive partnerships.
Amnotec: Open surgery
BeMedTec: MIC and cardiac surgery
Panther Healthcare®: Stapling devices
What's in a name
For over 35 years we have been connecting leading doctors with the technical geniuses of innovative medtech companies. That’s what we do. This 35-year milestone was the occasion for us to transform the company into a future-proof distribution & service company with many great projects in the pipeline.
2018 - 2019
2019 - 2020

Serving the patients around the world

Surgeonious®’ partnering with Mercy Ships is an example of how seriously we take our corporate and social responsibilities. We hope to make a real difference in the lives of the poorest people and make a lasting impact on healthcare in the countries where Mercy Ships dock.

If you would like to offer your support but are uncertain about how to take the first step, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can talk!

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