Here are 10 milestones for spine devices and spinal implant companies.
Here are 10 recent spine-related milestones device companies and implants.

The Ascendx VCF Repair System and Acu-Cut Vertebral Augmentation System from Ascendx Spine have received the CE Mark of Approval.

FH Orthopedics
has received the CE Mark of Approval for its cervical elastic spine device, CP-ESP, which is a monobloc lumbar disc replacement implant designed to offer greater adaptation, shock absorption and elastic return.

Spine device company K2M debuted its Rail 4D Technology which is featured in the MESA Rail Deformity Spinal System to address complex spinal curves.

K2M also announced a major expansion of its biologics portfolio with the launch of its VESUVIUS Osteobiologic System and additions to the VIKOS Allograft Systems.

Medtronic announced the global launch of its expanded CD HORIZON SOLERA 5.5/6.0 System.

Medical device company NewVert has completed the initial biomechanical testing phase for its Octopus Spinal Annular Repair System in Germany and will now shift to long-term durability testing.

Minimally invasive and percutaneous spine device company NLT SPINE, announced positive initial results from clinical experience with its FDA-cleared PROW FUSION device for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedures.

Precision Spine purchased Spinal USA and Precision Medical of Mississippi for $72 million.

Minimally invasive surgical device company SI-BONE announced more than 3,000 patients have received treatment for sacroiliac joint pain with the iFuse Implant System, a titanium implant coated with a porous plasma spray acting as an interface surface fit to decrease implant motion.

Spine device company SpineGuard announced the 20,000th case was performed using its family of PediGuard devices for enhanced pedicle screw placement.

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Wright Medical Group has entered into a supply and distribution agreement with ArthroCare to distribute devices associated with soft tissue fixation of the foot and ankle, according to a Wright Medical news release.
Stryker Sustainability Solutions is a division of Stryker devoted to reprocessing and remanufacturing single-use medical devices. Stryker acquired the company formerly known as Ascent over the past year and a half and became the only major orthopedic device companies to have a place in the medical device reprocessing market. Senior Director of Marketing and Public Affairs of Stryker Sustainability Solutions Lars Thording discusses how the reprocessing of medical devices can benefit hospitals, device companies and the environment.
Since June:

Medical device company ArthroCare sold its Parallax and Contour products, which are used during spine surgery, to NeuroTherm.

Sports medicine device company Cayenne Medical entered into a co-marketing partnership with Parametrics Medical to market Parametrics' allografts, which are designed to enhance knee ligament reconstruction options.

Both Salient Surgical Technologies and PEAK Surgical were acquired by Medtronic on the same day for a grand total of $645 million. Medtronic previously held ownership in both companies and is awaiting government and regulatory review.

Privately-held equity fund Altor Fund II acquired Orchid Orthopedic Solutions from Churchill Equity. Altor Fund II has agreed to support Orchid's continued growth and international expansion.

Orthopedic device company Shoulder Options has partnered again with Kapstone Medical to accelerate the commercialization of Shoulder Options' technologies. The companies previously collaborated on achieving FDA clearance for a rotator cuff repair plate.

Smith & Nephew signed a distribution agreement with Graftys, a company focused on producing injectable bone void filler products.

Stryker Joint Preservation partnered with RegenLab to distribute Stryker's RegenKit-THT for the preparation of autologous platelet-rich plasma, which is designed to reduce preparation steps and improve OR efficiency.

Synthes entered into an exclusive worldwide collaboration agreement with Eli Lilly and Company. The two companies will jointly develop site-specific osteoinductive products based on Synthes' biomaterials and Lilly's biologics or pharmaceuticals business.

This year:

Integra LifeSciences bought SeaSpine, a spinal fusion device company, for $89 million in cash. The combination of SeaSpine's portfolio with Integra LifeSciences' existing spine business will make its spine and orthobiologics portfolio the largest component of the company.

Interventional Spine and DSM Biomedical entered into a license and supply agreement which allows Interventional Spine to use DSM proprietary polymer Bionate PCU in its Percutaneous Dynamic Stabilization system. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed but contain a mix of royalties on devices sold and annual fees.

Medical device giant Johnson & Johnson acquired Synthes for $21.3 billion. The DePuy Family of Companies, a J&J subsidiary, will merge its orthopedics portfolio with Synthes' innovations in trauma, spine cranio-maxillofacial and power tools.

Kensey Nash recently acquired the assets of Synthes subsidiary Norian for $22 million. Kensey Nash will manufacture Norian produces and Synthes will exclusively distribute them.

Spine device company Premia Spine has acquired assets of Impliant, which includes 16 worldwide patents. Premia plans to commercially launch the TOPS System and its adjunct Versalink Fixation System during the third quarter of 2011.

Stryker entered into a merger agreement with Orthovita, acquiring the company's common stock for $316 million. Stryker will commence an all-cash tender offer to acquire Orthovita's outstanding common stock as well, and acquire the remaining outstanding shares through a second merger.

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