Healthcare Industry News: Balloon Kyphoplasty
News Release - January 4, 2006
Kyphon Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire InnoSpine, Inc.Acquisition Expands Product Offering with Innovative Technology for Diagnosing Back Pain Caused by Disc Degeneration
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 4 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Kyphon Inc. (Nasdaq: KYPH ) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire InnoSpine, Inc., a privately held company focused on developing and marketing its proprietary technology platform for the diagnosis and potential treatment of axial low back pain due to disc degeneration. The transaction is expected to close in January 2006.
InnoSpine's initial technology was developed with the aim of improving the results available from existing discography techniques through a novel diagnostic method known as Functional Anesthetic Discography (FAD), which involves a single-use disposable with no capital equipment requirements. In contrast to traditional provocative discography, FAD is a unique, minimally invasive procedure that utilizes a catheter-based system anchored in the disc space to deliver mild anesthetic to a candidate disc while the patient loads his or her spine in positions that cause pain. If the pain sensations from normal loading are relieved by anesthetic delivery to the degenerated disc, then the disc can be identified for further treatment.
In April 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared InnoSpine's FAD devices to deliver local anesthetic, radiopaque contrast or saline solution to the intradiscal space. Based on the outcome and effects of the injected anesthetics, the FAD technology can be used to provide diagnostic information to the physician. Existing ICD-9, APC and CPT codes can be used for facility and physician reimbursement.
Kyphon estimates that approximately 200,000 patients with persistent, severe axial back pain could be indicated for this diagnostic procedure each year in the U.S. alone, including the majority of patients undergoing spine fusion at one or more levels. Improving disc disease diagnosis has increasingly become important to assure proper identification and therapy delivery. The Company believes new technologies, such as the minimally invasive InnoSpine FAD device, have the potential to play a value-added role for clinicians in achieving this objective. Kyphon anticipates introducing the FAD product to orthopaedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists and interventional neuroradiologists in the U.S. during the second quarter of 2006 through its existing direct sales force.
About Kyphon Inc.
Kyphon develops and markets medical devices designed to restore spinal function using minimally invasive technologies. The company's initial KyphX line of products is used in Balloon Kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure to treat spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis or cancer. For more information, visit Kyphon's Web site at http://www.kyphon.com.
NOTE: Kyphon and KyphX are registered trademarks of Kyphon Inc.
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