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Musculoskeletal News Roundup 1-Oct-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 1, 2009
The Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research in Wichita, Kansas received $2.1 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to build a composite prototyping lab, where they will develop products like stretchers, braces and surgical tables.
Product Introduction and Update
Integra LifeSciences released a smaller configuration of its Accell Evo3 Demineralized Bone Matrix, a bone void filler initially indicated for large orthopedic reconstructive procedures. Now the smaller size of Accell Evo3 broadens the applications for the DBM.
Scient'x announced its focus on offering Dynamic Solutions for the spine. The cornerstone of the Scient'x Dynamic Solutions strategy is the Isobar Evolution Dynamic Rod, which the company introduced as an adjunct to posterior pedicle-based fusion. Dynamic Fusion, also known as semi-rigid fusion, immobilizes and stabilizes the spinal segment. It allows for load sharing across the fused construct and decreases stress at the screw interfaces when compared to rigid fusion.
Smith & Nephew launched the TRUCATH Spinal Injection System for use in performing transforaminal epidural injections. The device allows the needle to be placed outside the bony structure of the spine, delivering the catheter to the transforaminal entry point while reducing the potential for venous and arterial trespass.
Scient’x Group S.A.S. announced a strategic alliance with Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA that will include collaborative biomechanical and clinical research, technology development and medical education. Scient’x recently launched its new strategy focusing on dynamic fusion, including the introduction of its Isobar Evolution Dynamic Rod, which is indicated as an adjunct to fusion for the lumbar spine. Oliver Burckhardt, President and CEO of Scient’x, said, “Partnering with an institution like AGH will expedite the study and global acceptance of such innovative technologies."