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DJO® is a dynamic, innovative global company that is always growing. Throughout our history of unique product development, coupled with strategic acquisitions and mergers, DJO has evolved into an international market leader. DJO began as simply DonJoy®, a small company founded in a Carlsbad, California garage in 1978 by the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line captain, Mark Nordquist and a local lawyer, Ken Reed. Together they named their new company after their wives, Donna and Joy, and DonJoy was born.
DonJoy continued to grow. In 1999, the DonJoy management team arranged a leveraged buyout, changed the name from DonJoy to DJ Orthopedics, and took the company public again in 2001. Over the next several years, the company experienced an unprecedented period of growth, acquiring all or part of seven new companies.
In the first quarter of 2019, Colfax Corporation, a publicly-traded, diversified technology company, acquired DJO as the foundation of their new strategic growth platform in the healthcare space.
Since our origins in that California garage, DJO has become a global provider of high-quality orthopedic devices with multiple divisions including Bracing & Supports, Surgical, Footcare, Healthcare Solutions, Recovery, and Consumer.