Bio-Concepts was established in 1976 by Frank “Rick” and Jeanne Reichenbacher, but it was not until 1980 that Bio-Concepts garments were first demonstrated at the physical therapy conference in Phoenix.
The Reichenbachers were initially introduced to burn care through their work with processed pigskin as a temporary biologic wound dressing. After selling the company, Burn Treatment Skin Bank, they became interested in the rehabilitative aspect of burn care. Their approach to the problem was not medical, however, but mechanical.
Rick has an engineering background, having graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Jeanne, who graduated from Boston University, studied business education. Burn patients have benefited from this educational mix because of Rick’s mechanical approach to garment design and Jeanne’s knowledge of fabric and garment manufacture.
Although Bio-Concepts has had several plants, the facilities have always been located in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. The current plant at 2424 East University in Phoenix encompasses over 7,000 square feet and is owned by Bio-Concepts.