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German Firm Launches New Spinal Implant for U.S. Market

Ulrich Medical USA Inc. released its Neon Occipito-Cervico-Thoracic (OCT) System in the United States. Neon OCT is a low-profile, spinal implant system designed for the stabilization and fixation of the posterior regions of the spine.

The system received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in February.

According to the company, Neon includes hybrid occipital plate/rods and straight rods, self-drilling and self-tapping screws, cannulated screws, screw-to-rod connectors, spacers, hooks and rod-to-rod crosslinks. The system also uses a 4.5 millimeter titanium alloy rod over market-standard 3.0/3.5 millimeter rods. In addition, the Neon posted screw design allows for optimal screw placement and ease of rod attachment at varying angles, heights and directions to better accommodate patient anatomy and pathology, company officials noted.

"We are very excited to bring the robust and versatile Neon OCT Spine System to the U.S. market. This is the only complex spine system in its product class with a 4.5 millimeter rod, which provides for very rigid and strong construct options with optimum adaptability to the anatomy, especially in complex trauma and tumor applications," said Erika Laskey, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Ulrich Medical USA, which is based in St. Louis, Mo. The U.S. branch was opened in 2006.

Ulrich Medical was founded in Ulm, Germany, in 1912. It is still family owned.

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