Medical device company LDR Holding Corporation and Poly-Shape, a French manufacturing company specialised in laser sintering, have signed an exclusive partnership for the development of spinal implants.
LDR is focused on developing novel surgical technologies for the treatment of patients suffering from spine disorders. Its wholly-owned subsidiary LDR Médical SAS has made a minority investment in Poly-Shape. The partnership agreement combines LDR’s spinal expertise and innovative approach with Poly-Shape’s proprietary additive manufacturing techniques. The newly designed, 3D printed spinal implants are expected to launch as early as mid-2017.
“As a company with a passion for innovation, LDR is very pleased with this alliance,” said Christophe Lavigne, President and CEO of LDR. “Poly-Shape has developed a reputation for its novel manufacturing techniques, and for the production of parts that meet the rigorous quality and functional standards of its clients, which include Formula One™ race teams and companies developing aerospace applications. Access to this experience and capability supports our philosophy of utilizing cutting-edge technology to bring high-quality spinal implants and instruments to our surgeon customers and their patients. The collaboration will help us continue to develop and deliver best-in-class products for Minimal Implant Volume (MIVo) spinal surgery.”
Stéphane Abed, co-founder and CEO of Poly-Shape, added, “Poly-Shape is excited to partner with LDR and to leverage our additive manufacturing expertise, proven in aerospace and racing, to produce novel spinal implants that will benefit patients and physicians. I believe LDR is an ideal partner for Poly-Shape in that we share a similar philosophy based on innovation that provides true, measurable benefits. Our co-development will result in spinal implants with more complex geometries and unique features which are free from the limits that may be associated with conventional manufacturing methods.”