Healthcare Industry News:  degenerative disc disease 

Devices Orthopaedic Neurosurgery

 News Release - October 5, 2010

SpinalMotion Completes Enrollment in International Clinical Study for Kineflex(R) Lateral Lumbar Disc

IDE Data on Cervical and Lumbar Studies to be Presented at NASS

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)-- SpinalMotion, Inc., developer of the investigational Kineflex® lumbar and Kineflex®|C cervical disc implants for treating patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD), today reported that it has completed enrollment in an international clinical study evaluating the Kineflex lumbar artificial disc inserted via a minimally invasive lateral approach. The data from the study will be used to support regulatory submissions for international commercialization.

“The Kineflex lateral disc prosthesis is an excellent minimally invasive option for treating lumbar disc disease,” said Louis Nel, Jr., M.D., Senior Spine Surgeon at Zuid Afrikaans Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. “The implantation procedure is straight-forward and my patients have done well clinically with short recovery times. We continue to evaluate our patients and look forward to reporting long-term results.”

The company also reported that clinical investigators will present four podium presentations on the Kineflex disc replacement Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical studies during the 25th annual North America Spine Society Meeting (NASS), which started today in Orlando, Florida. Two presentations will cover the Kineflex|C cervical disc; one of which was selected for the Best Papers section. The other two presentations review the Kineflex lumbar disc. All four presentations will cover the respective clinical and radiographic results from the IDE studies.

“We have submitted Pre-Market Approval (PMA) applications to FDA for both the Kineflex|C and Kineflex lumbar discs,” said David Hovda, SpinalMotion’s President and CEO. “We are pleased with our progress, and look forward to working with the FDA to obtain market approval and support surgeons and patients in treating degenerative disc disease.”

About the Artificial Disc Market

The National Center for Health Statistics reports that 14% of new patient visits to physician offices (approximately 13 million annually) are for complaints of lower-back and neck pain. In fact, an estimated 18% of the population has debilitating back pain at any given time. These demographics, along with the tremendous cost to society and the focus on new treatments, have made spinal implants one of the fastest growing segments of the orthopedic market.

About SpinalMotion

SpinalMotion is focused exclusively on spinal disc arthroplasty, developing innovative technology designed to enhance options for patients suffering from degenerative disc disease. SpinalMotion was founded in June 2004. The company is located in Mountain View, California. To learn more, visit our website at

Caution: Kineflex and Kineflex|C Spinal Systems are Investigational devices in the United States and are limited by United States law to investigational use.

Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ substantially from anticipated results.

Source: SpinalMotion

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