Excelen is an independent nonprofit 501 3(c) with a solid reputation for over 4 decades in providing turnkey experiences for customers by making their efforts to accelerate training, education and research seamless.



Brief history
Over 30 years ago, renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Ramon Gustilo recognized the value of having an orthopaedic biomechanics research and training laboratory, and persuaded the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and Metropolitan Medical Center (MMC) to provide space and salary for an orthopaedic research engineer as well as the basic lab equipment.

Over time, the lab grew and evolved to include a 102-seat auditorium, greatly expanded research, testing, and practical lab capabilities, and a reputation as a leading site for hands-on clinical training and innovative research in the Midwest.

In 2009 – Excelen Center for Bone & Joint Research and Education emerged from the previous companies MORF (Midwest Orthopaedic Research Foundation) and GMEC (Gustillo Medical Education Center).  The Elliot Park Lifesciences Institute (EPLI) building was gifted to Excelen by Dr. Richard Kyle and wife Kathleen, Ramon and Gloria Gustilo, United Properties, Harlan and Linda Jacobs, and Dave and Heather Durenberger. It has been the permanent home for the Bioskills Laboratory and leases 90% of the building space to help financially sustain the organization into the future.

Excelen today
Excelen is focused on improving patient outcomes by supporting medical education, training, and research including the use of cadaveric and clinical simulation models, as well as providing support for Human Factors studies.