Lanx Announces Initial Launch of TIMBERLINE(TM) MPF Lateral Modular Plate Fixation System

BROOMFIELD, Colo., May 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lanx, Inc., a privately held global spine company focused on developing and commercializing innovative devices for fusion surgery, today announced the initial launch of the TIMBERLINE™ MPF Lateral Modular Plate Fixation System, the first modular anchored interbody device for lateral fusion. The implant enhances the TIMBERLINE System platform, which has seen strong adoption since its launch last year.

Dan Gladney, Chief Executive Officer, Lanx, said, "We are excited to bring to market the first modular anchored cage for the lateral approach, expanding the options available to surgeons to achieve optimal fit and stability. As thought leaders across the country adopt our technology, we will continue to introduce new innovations that support this less invasive fusion technique and help establish TIMBERLINE as the most advanced system for lateral interbody fusion."

The TIMBERLINE MPF System features a modular peek intervertebral spacer and a low-profile titanium plate implant with either a two- or four-screw design. The spacer is available in various widths, heights and lengths that can be assembled to multiple plate styles and sizes intraoperatively for customized fit and fixation. The System also includes streamlined instrumentation for assembly and implantation to accommodate patient anatomy.

"The modular plate allows for tailored fixation based on the specific patient pathology and helps ensure rigid stability at the fusion site by optimizing purchase in the sub-chondral bone of the vertebral body. I like that the System allows me the option of attaching the plate in situ after the peek interbody spacer has been inserted into the disc space. These advanced implant options further enhance the clinical benefits of the TIMBERLINE System, with its low-profile, radiolucent retractor and disc preparation instrumentation," said Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, orthopaedic surgeon with Buffalo Spine Surgery, Lockport, NY.

Dr. Hieu Ball, orthopaedic surgeon with California Comprehensive Spine Institute, Walnut Creek, CA said, "The anchored TIMBERLINE cage offers a new level of flexibility for the lateral approach, and my initial experiences with the technology have been very positive. The MPF implant is easy to assemble and position, with a single-step cover plate for the prevention of screw back out. The unique design of the plate screw interface allows for cephalad-caudad screw trajectory flexibility through a minimally invasive access work portal, while confining the anterior-posterior trajectory in a safe plane of screw delivery and placement. This feature is a vast improvement over competitive lateral plating systems for direct lateral interbody fusion devices."

The TIMBERLINE System generated rapid interest from the spine community following its launch in early 2012, with hundreds of surgeons trained on the technology to date. The complete lateral fusion system includes rectangular PEEK interbody devices, a fiber optic lighting system and a low profile, modular and radiolucent retractor system designed for improved visibility and access to the disc space.

For more information about Lanx, the TIMBERLINE System and available lateral training programs, please visit www.lanx.com.

About Lanx, Inc.

Lanx is one of the largest privately held global spine companies, focused on providing surgeons with innovative solutions to improve the quality of spine care. The Company develops and markets a full line of fusion devices, with a leading platform of minimally invasive technologies including its TIMBERLINE Lateral Fusion System and ASPEN® MIS Fusion System. Lanx is headquartered in Broomfield, CO, and distributes its products throughout the world via a network of direct sales representatives and exclusive distributor partners. For more information on Lanx and its spinal surgery offerings, visit www.lanx.com and www.minimallyinvasivespinefusion.com.

CONTACT: Company Contact: Steve Deitsch Chief Financial Officer (303) 443-7500 steve.deitsch@lanx.com Media Lisa Cook (646) 536-7012 lcook@theruthgroup.comSource: Lanx