Biomet, Inc. was a medical device manufacturer located in the Warsaw, business cluster. The company specialized in reconstructive products for orthopedic surgery, craniomaxillofacial surgery and operating room supplies. In 2015, Biomet became part of the new company Zimmer Biomet. Biomet was established in 1977 and delivered its first hip replacement in 1978; the four founders of Biomet were: Dane A. Miller, Ray Harroff, Niles Noblitt, Jerry Ferguson. In a September 2007 club deal, the company was acquired by a consortium of private equity firms consisting of The Blackstone Group, Goldman Sachs, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts L. P. and TPG Capital, after which Biomet ceased trading on NASDAQ. In April 2014, it was announced that Zimmer Holdings had succeeded in a bid to acquire Biomet for a fee of $13.4 billion. However, in October 2014, EU antitrust regulators opened an investigation into Zimmer’s bid on the grounds that the deal may lead to substantial decreases in competition in certain markets; the verdict of the investigation into the deal that would make Zimmer the world's second-largest seller of orthopaedic products behind Johnson & Johnson allowed the merger to take place in June 2015.
Biomet manufactured reconstructive products for orthopedic surgery, such as hips and shoulders, fixation devices, orthopedic support devices. It made spinal implants, dental implants, general operating instruments, its subsidiary, Biomet Microfixation, manufactured craniomaxillofacial and neurosurgical products. These included LactoSorb, a fixation system made of resorbable material for guided bone regeneration, titanium plates and screws for craniomaxillofacial fixation, instruments for craniomaxillofacial and orthopedic procedures and hard tissue replacements made out of biocompatible polymers, as used in cranial defects. Biomet began using polymethylmethacrylate beads, which are fused together with polyhydroxyethylmethacrylate for cranial plates, in 1993; the other material is polyetherketoneketone, formed either by 3D printing. In 2012, Biomet paid more than $22 million to settle SEC and Department of Justice violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. From 2000 to August 2008 Biomet bribed publicly employed doctors in Argentina and China with up to 15-20% of the sale.
The four subsidiaries involved were Biomet Argentina SA, U. S. subsidiary Biomet International, Biomet China and Scandimed AB. Biomet official website Biomet Spine Website Biomet Directory of orthopedic surgeons who use Biomet products Simon, Hermann: Hidden Champions of the 21st Century: Success Strategies of unknown World Market Leaders. London: Springer, 2009. ISBN 978-0-387-98147-5
Founders Memorial Cemetery known as Founders Memorial Park, is the oldest cemetery in Houston, United States. Founded in 1836, it was known as "City Cemetery", opened in conjunction with the founding of the City of Houston in what is now Fourth Ward near the edge of Downtown Houston; the cemetery is owned and operated by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, is a public park. The two acre site is a designated "Texas Historic Cemetery" by the Texas Historical Commission, features many graves from citizens of the Republic of Texas including co-founder of Houston John Kirby Allen and veterans of the Texas Revolution; the cemetery contains the second-most Texas Centennial Monuments, behind only the Texas State Cemetery. It lies adjacent to Beth Israel Cemetery, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Texas; the cemetery opened in 1836 as "City Cemetery" to accommodate a growing number of deaths in Houston. The chosen site was considered to be on the outskirts of town. However, by 1840, the cemetery was nearly full.
Another city cemetery at the present-day location of Jefferson Davis Hospital was created, this site became known as "Old City Cemetery" to differentiate it from others. In April 1936, the cemetery was restored by the San Jacinto Centennial Association, it was named "Founders Memorial Park". In 1947, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department began to maintain the cemetery. One of the most notable interments of the cemetery is co-founder of John Kirby Allen. In addition many veterans of the Texas Revolution are interred here. Interred here is Rebecca Lamar, the mother of the second President of the Republic of Texas, Mirabeau Lamar. A cenotaph was erected here for Mary Smith Jones, a former First Lady of Texas; the tomb of her first husband, Hugh McCrory, a Texian Army veteran, is located at this cemetery. Interred at Founders Memorial Cemetery is James Collinsworth, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, first Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, an interim Secretary of State of Texas, Republic of Texas Senator.
Another signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, John W. Moore is located here as well. A friend of William B. Travis, Moore became the first Sheriff of Harris County, an alderman of the City of Houston. List of cemeteries in Texas Media related to Founders Memorial Cemetery at Wikimedia Commons