Our History

1990 - Humble Beginnings

The Device Technologies story began between four close friends with a united vision – to make a difference in the medical technology and supplies arena.

With big dreams, and extensive experience in their respective fields, it was to be their greatest challenge, but the foursome was determined to make it a success. With their wives playing instrumental roles in the company’s early days, it was unanimously voted that Peter Ord would fill the role of CEO and that Kevin Ryan, Bill Walker and John McQuillan would combine to create the small yet highly experienced sales force.

With no investors, Kevin and Bill put their family homes on the line to fund the project, while the third bedroom of Bill’s family home in Leichhardt was used as their office, with the garage serving as their warehouse.

In their second year, their product range showed promising growth and the newly named Device Technologies Australia was spawned. Now an ever-expanding corporation, this was the humble beginning of Device Technologies Australia.

A Timeline of Achievements

Since its conception, Device Technologies has grown into a business of over 700 staff, spanning across four countries. Their dedication to innovative technology and patient outcomes remains at the core of their business, and motivates them to provide the best technology and supplies in over 35 areas of the medical field.



Device Technologies four founders established as an orthopaedic joint replacement specialist company.


Device Technologies gains exclusive distribution rights to the new sterilisation system, STERIS SYSTEM 1®.


Device Technologies becomes the exclusive distributor of Arthrex® - arthroscopic orthopaedic surgical instruments and implants.


Device Technologies develops a full time Tech/Regulatory Affairs team and now contributes to the industry forums on changing legislation and protocols.


Device Technologies New Zealand commences operation.


Device Technologies acquires the surgical and diagnostic business, OPSM Instruments.


Device Technologies is appointed exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for the revolutionary da Vinci® Robotic Surgical system from Intuitive Surgical.


Device Technologies announces a strategic investment in the highly regarded Optical Manufacturers (OMF).


Device Technologies acquires Healthcorp, Biomedex and Saniwaste.


Device Technologies is behind the world’s first complete artificial heart implant.


Device Technologies performs the first STERIS Digital Theatre Install.


Device Technologies celebrates 20th anniversary.


Device Technologies wins largest tender of $45 million with Queensland Ambulance Corpuls Defibrillator deal.


Over 50 da Vinci® Surgical Systems are installed across Australia and New Zealand.


Device Technologies acquires Reid Healthcare and Haines Medical.