Musculoskeletal News Roundup 25-August-17

August 25, 2017 | Blake Mossy


Bone Biologics entered into a licensing agreement with UCLA for global application of NELL-1 protein in the treatment of osteoporosis and trauma, through a technology transfer.  The license agreement for trauma and osteoporosis supports the possibility of NELL-1 becoming a proprietary platform technology. Most current osteoporosis therapies are designed to slow bone loss and prevent it from worsening but research involving NELL-1 is being examined to systemically restore bone and prevent further loss.


CoreLink launched its Scaltoff, a stackable guide wire for the company’s Entasis Sacroiliac Joint Fusion system. The system utilizes a convertible length wire, which aims to enable constant control during drilling, tapping, and insertion while reducing the risk of nerve root damage, and the wire is easily shortened to accommodate the C-arm in lateral view x-ray.


ChoiceSpine completed its 1,000th Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) procedure using its TOMCAT Cervical Spinal System. TOMCAT is designed to stabilize and fuse the cervical vertebral column with no profile or low profile anteriorly.

Emerging Implant Technologies (EIT) acquired a portfolio of 22 issued and pending patents covering a range of 3D printed expandable spinal fusion cages, indicated for vertical and lateral expansion. These patents cover the United States, Europe and multiple geographies.

Ziptek received notice of allowance for four patents related to its ZipE resorbable knotless tissue repair system, including the method of use. The company has over nine U.S. and three international issued patents, with many pending approval. International patents have been issued in Columbia, Mexico and Singapore.


DePuy Synthes entered into an agreement with JointPoint to co-market a surgical navigation platform designed for total hip replacement. The software is indicated to provide a non-invasive computer navigation, pre-surgical digital templating, case planning, and feedback while performing total hip replacement surgeries. The system utilizes an anterior approach which is minimally invasive and allows surgeons to work around muscles, rather than cut through them, to get to the hip joint.