Issue: July 2013
June 04, 2013
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Spinal Elements licenses patents for lateral approach of the lumbar spine

Issue: July 2013
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Spinal Elements Inc. announced that they have licensed a portfolio of patents essential for accessing the lumbar spine from a lateral approach and placing implants from that approach.

The company notes that the approach will provide the potential for less disruptive, minimally invasive surgical (MIS) access techniques.

According to a company press release, Spinal Elements plans to use this technology to develop access systems and implants for introduction later in the year. Recently, the company received 510(k) clearance to market implants placed using the lateral access procedure, which included the use of Ti-Bond porous titanium coating on such laterally-placed instruments.

“We are glad to add this portfolio of patents as a resource from which we can expand our product offerings as we move to make Spinal Elements an innovative leader in the MIS spine access and implant market,” Jason Blain, president and co-founder of Spinal Elements, stated. “Over the course of the year, we have introduced and will continue to introduce new technologies to offer spine surgeons the most advanced technologies for their patients.”