MINNETONKA, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DGIMED Ortho, Inc. announced today that the DISTALOCK™ Intramedullary (IM) Nail and Drill System has recently been named as a 2011 Medical Design Excellence Award recipient. The DISTALOCK™ System offers surgeons a unique and innovative approach to the placement of distal locking screws inserted to stabilize the rod-like, IM nail implants used to treat long-bone fractures. The system is designed to improve clinical outcomes and reduce surgery costs by facilitating fast and accurate placement of distal locking screws, while reducing or eliminating the need for x-rays, which are required with standard techniques.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition (www.MDEAwards.com) is organized and presented by UBM Canon (Los Angeles) and is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials, user related functions that improve healthcare delivery and features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient. A review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multi-disciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine, and diagnostics.
“We are pleased the DISTALOCK™ System has been recognized by the MDEA judges,” said Mark McMahan, President and CEO. “Our team has worked hard to develop a world-class system to benefit patients and hospital staff. We look forward to sharing this news with customers as we begin to launch the system in select national and international markets.”
The 2011 Medical Design Excellence Award winners will be honored at a presentation ceremony on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY at the MD&M East Conference and Exposition (www.MDMEast.com). Gold and Silver award recipients will be announced at that time.
DGIMED Ortho, Inc. is an early-stage medical device company that specializes in new, proprietary systems to assist orthopaedic surgeons in the delivery and distal locking of long-bone IM nails. The company is located at 12400 Whitewater Drive, Suite 2010, Minnetonka, MN, 55343. www.dgimedortho.com