About us… Traute Kurz-Butzki Managing Director Heinz Kurz Founder of the Company Heinz Kurz GmbH Medizintechnik is a second-generation family-owned manufacturing company in southwest Germany. An international network of distributors, including KURZ Medical, Inc., our US subsidiary in Irving, Texas, provides convenient local accessibility to our products worldwide. In accordance with our customer orientation, giving prompt professional support to the end user is of primary concern to us and highly qualified staff and well-trained distributors stand ready to respond to inquiries about our products and their applications. As many delighted customers have told us, our employees are our most important asset. Brief History Heinz Kurz GmbH Medizintechnik has been at the forefront of medical technology and innovation from its very inception. Our first breakthrough dates to 1971, when the director of the ENT clinic at the University of Tuebingen apprised Heinz Kurz of extrusion problems prevalent with traditional myringotomy tubes. Using his profound metal-working experience and thorough knowledge of material properties, Heinz Kurz designed and built the first ventilation tubes of pure gold. After extensive testing and clinical evaluation they were introduced to the market in 1974, thereby initiating our otologic implant business. Another key innovation occurred in 1994 when KURZ was the first manufacturer worldwide to introduce middle ear prostheses of pure titanium. All KURZ middle ear prostheses are manufactured in Germany exclusively. Research and Development KURZ is committed to progress. In close cooperation with ENT surgeons in Germany and abroad we seek new solutions to provide ever greater benefits to patients and surgeons. Our highly motivated and flexible team is in constant contact both with the users of our products and with academic biomechanical research institutes. Our manufacturing expertise, the level of precision attained by our products, the depth and scope of our insights into medical and surgical requirements, and the innovativeness of our approaches all combine to make KURZ products unique. The lacy design of our prosthesis head plates, the bell shape for ‘holding’ the stapes head, the CliP ® stapes prostheses minimizing the risk of necrosis and avoiding strangulation of vascular supply, and our new micro ball joint devices – these are only a few examples of the prosthesis standards KURZ has set and will continue to set in middle ear surgery. Production and Quality Control Pure titanium micro implant designs require highly specialized manufacturing techniques. KURZ has perfected these techniques to a high standard of precision and is now the only manufacturer worldwide offering middle ear implants with micro ball joints. This is a key innovation that imitates the natural micro-movements of human ossicles. Stringent, 100% quality control is mandatory and all KURZ middle ear implants are certified and registered with and/or certified by the regulatory health and quality control authorities in the countries where they are being marketed.