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Musculoskeletal News Roundup 9-Oct-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 9, 2008

M&A
Life Spine, Inc. has acquired the "majority" of the intellectual property of Spinal Generations, LLC. Neither details on the acquired technology nor terms of the transaction were disclosed.

Funding
Harvard received a $125 million donation from Synthes Chairman Hansjorg Wyss to expand the university's Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Harvard plans to rename the institute for Wyss.

OrthoScan, Inc. raised a $7.5 million Series B financing led by River Cities Capital Funds, who were joined by existing investors Aphelion Capital, California Technology Ventures and a group of private individuals. The company's Mini C-Arm is used for fluoroscopic imaging of the extremities in orthopedic surgery and digital diagnostic imaging.

Regulatory
Biospace med received 510(k) clearance for the EOS x-ray imaging system, which enables 3-D skeletal reconstruction with up to 10 times less radiation exposure than a conventional x-ray and up to 1000 times less than a CT scan. Images can be taken from a standing, weight-bearing position, which is conducive to assessing spine, hip and knee conditions.

Eden Spine received CE Mark certification for its interspinous process device, the Wellex. The company calls the device a "compressible dynamic extension controller" that "maintains flexion, axial rotation and lateral bending."

Mazor Surgical's SpineAssist miniature robot received CE Mark certification for use in guided oblique lumbar interbody fusion (GO-LIF) procedures. The company calls the certification "the first milestone in the development and approval of the GO-LIF procedure." GO-LIF was co-developed with the Cleveland Clinic.

Product Introduction & Update
Alphatec Holdings, Inc. announced the launch of ProFUSE demineralized bone scaffold, expanding the Company's orthobiologics product line. The ProFUSE demineralized bone scaffold is a porous, malleable allograft that can be used with Alphatec Spine's Novel Spacers and AlphaGRAFT structural allografts.

Archus Orthopedics announced the first human use of its facet replacement technology with an artificial disc. The case was performed in Berlin by Dr. Karin Buttner-Janz, Dr. Hansen Yuan and Dr. Friedrich Kleinod. The patient had previously undergone disc replacement surgery and later developed symptomatic facet joint degeneration.

B. Braun Medical anticipates a 50% increase in UK sales in 2008 for its Metha Total Hip Replacement, a ceramic-on-ceramic device that has already seen strong sales elsewhere in Europe. The device is aimed at younger patients and is designed to conserve bone.

Facet Solutions completed a scientific evaluation of the company's ACADIA Facet Replacement System when used with a semi-constrained disc replacement device and with a polymeric disc replacement device in a finite element model. According to the company, results showed that the biomechanics of the native spine were restored. The study was conducted at Dr. Vijay Goel's laboratory at the University of Toledo.

Life Spine launched the APEX system for anterior, antero-lateral and lateral fusion procedures. According to the company, the system features a "comprehensive anatomic size offering; innovative graft window design; color-coded instrumentation and implants;" and implants made from PEEK.

NovaBone Osteobiologics launched NovaBone Porous Morsels, a new formulation of the company's bioactive bone graft substitute "designed as a continuous porous structure comparable to cancellous bone." The company adds that the product's "open structure allows for rapid vascularization and mineralization and permits complete device absorption and replacement by new bone."

Ziehm Imaging and BrainLAB have developed the Ziehm NaviPort 3D interface for imaging during spinal and trauma surgery. The technology integrates 3-D C-arms and surgical navigation and is available now.

Distribution
SpineSmith signed an exclusive national and global distribution agreement with WAVE Manufacturing Inc., of Toronto, Ontario, whereby SpineSmith will have exclusive rights to sell WAVE's pre-surgical vibration conditioning technology. WAVE (Whole-body Advanced Vibration Exercise) "allows patients with medical conditions . . . to improve their fitness at a cellular level before spinal surgery."

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