Howard Edelman

Howard Edelman is General Manager of Cothera LLC, a division of United Orthopedic Group, a global orthopedic company which provides medical devices and patient services into the secondary orthopedic market. Cothera was recently purchased by Breg in November of 2014.


Previously, Howard Edelman was the Founder and CEO of VitalWear, a profitable durable medical equipment manufacturer in South San Francisco. VitalWear, Inc., a leader in thermal therapy, which he founded in 2001. VitalWear created innovative durable medical equipment specially tailored to the home healthcare, pain management, and post-surgery rehab markets. In 2009, VitalWear was named 138th on the INC 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the US and 17th on the San Francisco Business Times 100 fastest growing private companies in the Bay Area. In 2010, Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry listed VitalWear as one of the top 50 medical device companies to watch. Mr. Edelman has over 25 years of leadership in engineering and operations management, design, and development primarily in medical devices and scientific instrumentation and has brought to market +25 medical and scientific instruments throughout the course of his career generating more than $250M in revenue. Mr. Edelman has served in management roles in firms such as Johnson & Johnson, Zeiss, CooperVision, and Bio-Rad Laboratories and various startup companies in the Bay Area. Mr. Edelman presently sits on the Research Committee for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and assists a number of early stage medical device companies. Mr. Edelman graduated from Boston University in 1983 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering.