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DePuy and Brainlab Partner for Surgical Navigation and Imaging Technology

During the North American Spine Society (NASS) 27th annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, DePuy Synthes Spine rolled out new image-guided instrumentation for two of its spine systems as part of a partnership agreement with Brainlab for surgical navigation and imaging solutions.

“We believe the use of our instrumentation with Brainlab’s imaging and navigation solutions will be highly attractive to customers globally,” said Namal Nawana, worldwide president, DePuy Synthes Spine. “This partnership is the latest example of how our new company is providing procedural solutions that deliver benefits to patients, physicians, providers, payers and policy makers.”

At NASS, which ran from Oct. 23-27, DePuy featured a newly developed image guided instrumentation for its Viper 2 Pedicle Screw Fixation System for minimally invasive surgery and Expedium Spine System for open surgical procedures. The new instrumentation, which includes awls, probes, taps, screw inserters and Jamshidi needles, has been integrated with Brainlab’s computer software. Additional image guided and surgical navigation systems are expected over the next several months.

“The partnership with DePuy Synthes Spine will allow us to integrate our technology seamlessly in surgical procedures and therefore provide an unmatched product offering to our combined customers,” said Stefan Vilsmeier, CEO and president of Brainlab.

Based in Germany, Brainlab develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology.

Raynham, Mass.-based DePuy Synthes Spine was formed earlier this year following Johnson & Johnson’s nearly $20 billion purchase of Switzerland-based trauma company Synthes.

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