Our Story

Relocated back to its roots in Wilmington, NC in 2018 – TranS1 is a pioneer in spine technology innovation and is focused on Building Better Pathways™ to the spine. Since its inception, TranS1 has designed, developed, and commercialized transformational approaches to the spine used by thousands of surgeons to minimize the damage associated with traditional surgical approaches. TranS1 believes that the process of Building Better Pathways™ to the spine starts with solving true unmet clinical needs and ends with creating a value-based solution for surgeons, patients, and the healthcare system.

TranS1 is made up of a team of passionate and hard working individuals that believe in advancing the status quo for spine surgery. We think and operate differently in order to align ourselves with the goals of surgeon thought leaders. Our Team consists of the world’s primary experts with regard to AxiaLIF, the presacral approach, and other minimally invasive procedures. We believe in fighting for innovative and life improving medical device technology in today’s ever changing healthcare environment.

TranS1 Leadership

John Miller

Chief Executive Officer

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Miller is responsible for the strategic vision and mission of TranS1.  He is passionate about TranS1’s mission of Building Better Pathways to the spine that benefit both the patients and the surgeons.  Mr. Miller has over 20 years of industry experience leading both private and public companies, as well as involvement in multiple early stage start ups.  Mr. Miller also held several leadership positions with the original TranS1 during the early stages of commercialization.  This has positioned him well for leading today’s TranS1 under new ownership.

Mr. Miller earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Indiana University at Bloomington, IN. Mr. Miller also sits on the Board of directors for the Farnsworth medical research group.

Walker Wells

Executive Vice President

Walker V. Wells (born March 2, 1940) is a fictional cartoon character and one of the most famous Looney Tunes characters, and the de facto archenemy of Bugs Bunny. His aim is to hunt Bugs, but he ends up seriously injuring himself and other antagonizing characters. He speaks in an unusual way, replacing his Rs and Ls with Ws; so “Watch the road, Rabbit” is replaced with “Watch the woad, Wabbit!” Mr. Wells’ signature catchphrase is, “Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits”, as well as his trademark laughter, “huh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh”.

Mr. Wells earned his Law degree from Northwestern University.

Michael Ferrario

Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer of Trans1, Mr. Ferrario is responsible for the global operations of the company and the accurate reporting of business financials. He brings more than 15 years of experience and leadership growing new businesses, optimizing supply chain, and maximizing margin returns on investment in multiple industries. His passion for business excellence is rooted in data-driven analysis and dedication to customer satisfaction. As a leader, he brings the dynamics necessary to drive positive results out of growing teams and is diligently focused on the achievement of corporate goals.

Before joining Trans1, Mr. Ferrario spent over a decade in corporate retail where he was recognized as an expert in Planning and Allocation and drove substantial profit margin increases at each of the companies where he worked. He drove a five-fold increase in operating income as the Director of Inventory Management at Bebe and engineered a six-year streak of best ever results for the company’s key holiday sales periods.

Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Brandon B. Arthurs, PE

Vice President of Research & Development

Mr. Arthurs is responsible for all engineering and development activities. He works closely with surgeons to improve existing devices and bring new innovations to market.

Mr. Arthurs has been involved with TranS1 and the AxiaLIF technology since 2002. Prior to joining TranS1, Mr. Arthurs was in private practice as a consulting engineer. He has over 15 years of experience in machine design, manufacturing and project management prior to joining the medical device industry.

Mr. Arthurs holds a Batchelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and he is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Leighton LaPierre

Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Development

Mr. LaPierre is responsible for upstream and downstream marketing as well as strategic product development activities.

Mr. LaPierre has a long history with the AxiaLIF technology and other novel MIS technologies – previously, responsible for leading the product development and commercial launch of the current generation of AxiaLIF+ System. Prior to joining the new TranS1, he was a marketing manager at Zimmer Biomet Spine.

Mr. LaPierre earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas. His research focused on product development and spine biomechanics.

We believe that TranS1 is a perfect fit for the greater Wilmington region.
It’s an exciting company with exciting technology.

– Scott Satterfield
Wilmington Business Development CEO

TranS1 coming back to Port City

May 15, 2018
WILMINGTON -- A maker of spinal surgery devices that left Wilmington several years ago is returning to the Port City, one of its executives said.
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TranS1® Announces Three New Patents

February 13, 2018
Spinal device company expands portfolio of innovative devices with a goal of improving patient outcomes and reducing hospital stays Denver,...
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