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Zimmer, OrthoSensor Ink Co-Marketing Partnership




OrthoSensor and Zimmer Holdings Inc. have entered into a co-marketing partnership that marries Zimmer knee systems with OrthoSensor's Verasense Sensor-Assisted Technology.

"While we currently lead the industry in patient reported outcomes (PROMs) with our NexGen Knee, we know that component placement and soft-tissue balancing are critical to patient satisfaction and implant longevity," said Jeff McCaulley, Zimmer Reconstructive President. "As such, Zimmer is committed to offering the widest array of intelligent instrumentation to assist surgeons. Our collaboration with OrthoSensor, and the ability to leverage real data in soft tissue balancing with Verasense, should allow for even more satisfied patients."

Research has shown that soft tissue balance may aid in the reduction of pain, wear, and implant loosening – while also improving how the knee replacement feels to the patient.1 The OrthoSensor Verasense Knee System provides surgeons with real-time data that enables evidence-based intraoperative decisions regarding component position, limb alignment and soft-tissue releases to achieve soft tissue balance and stability through a full range of motion.

"Verasense gives orthopaedic surgeons actionable data during their procedures that helps quantify and verify implant positioning and knee balance," said Jay Pierce, CEO and President of OrthoSensor. "This agreement allows development of Verasense technology that will be used initially with the Zimmer NexGen system, allowing more surgeons to benefit from the data provided to them by Verasense. We welcome the Zimmer knee portfolio into the Verasense technology platform and look forward to working with Zimmer to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction."

Based in Dania Beach, Fla., OrthoSensor develops and commercializes intelligent orthopaedic devices and data services that provide quantitative feedback to surgeons and hospitals during surgery and post-operatively. The company's intelligent orthopaedic devices use proprietary software as well as advanced sensor and communications technologies to enable evidence-based surgical decisions with the goal of improving patient outcomes and reducing the cost of treating musculoskeletal disease.

Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer designs, develops, manufactures and markets orthopaedic reconstructive, spinal and trauma devices, dental implants, and related surgical products. Zimmer has operations in more than 25 countries worldwide and sells products in more than 100 countries.

Reference:

1 Babazadeh S, Stoney JD, Lim K, Choong PF. The relevance of ligament balancing in total knee arthroplasty: how important is it? A systematic review of the literature. Orthop Rev (Pavia). 2009 Oct 10;1(2).




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