RTI Surgical™ Announces First Implantation of Strips Configuration for map3® Cellular Allogeneic Bone Graft
First-of-its-kind Cellular Allogeneic Bone Graft to Launch Fall 2014
ALACHUA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RTI Surgical Inc. (RTI) (Nasdaq: RTIX), a leading global surgical implant company, is pleased to announce that the first human implantation of the company’s map3® Cellular Allogeneic Bone Graft Strips Allograft took place during an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) procedure last week. The map3 Strips Allograft implant will expand the company's current cellular allogeneic bone graft portfolio when it launches later in 2014.
“Initial feedback from surgeons about the strips configuration has been very positive, and we are excited to work with Dr. Morreale on the first implantation”
Map3 Strips Allograft is an implant that contains the three essential elements necessary for bone formation in a single allograft: a three-dimensional osteoconductive scaffold, demineralized bone matrix (DBM) that demonstrates verified osteoinductive potential and multipotent adult progenitor (MAPC®) class cells that provide osteogeneic and angiogeneic signals to support the bone healing process. This moldable implant is designed for ease of use, and its flexible yet cohesive properties make it ideal for filling bone voids in applications such as small joint repair, irregular defects or as an onlay in the posterolateral spine.
“Map3 Cellular Allogeneic Bone Graft is a promising biologic implant, and the strips configuration offers another option,” said Vittorio M. Morreale, MD, a neurosurgeon at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. “Not only does map3 have a three-dimensional osteoconductive scaffold but it also has DBM that demonstrates verified osteoinductive potential and viable MAPC-class cells that provide osteogeneic and angiogeneic signals. Both configurations provide excellent handling and surgical placement of the implant, and the addition of strips gives me options depending on what the case needs.”
“Initial feedback from surgeons about the strips configuration has been very positive, and we are excited to work with Dr. Morreale on the first implantation,” said Brian K. Hutchison, RTI president and CEO. “We anticipate a market release of the strips implant later this year, which will complement our current map3 Chips Allograft offering.”
The map3 cellular allogeneic bone graft is a natural and safe alternative to autograft. Map3 incorporates MAPC-based technology with stem cells isolated from the same donor as the bone material. The MAPC technology, licensed from Athersys, Inc. for this orthopedic application, represents a distinctive type of stem cell with recognized angiogenic and immuno-modulatory properties. To learn more about map3, visit www.map3.com, a website designed to educate surgeons and patients about map3 and MAPC-based technology.
About RTI Surgical Inc.
RTI Surgical is a leading global surgical implant company providing surgeons with safe biologic, metal and synthetic implants. Committed to delivering a higher standard, RTI’s implants are used in sports medicine, general surgery, spine, orthopedic, trauma and cardiothoracic procedures and are distributed in nearly 50 countries. RTI is headquartered in Alachua, Fla., and has four manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. and Europe. RTI is accredited in the U.S. by the American Association of Tissue Banks and is a member of AdvaMed. For more information, please visit http://www.rtix.com/.
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