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SpineFrontier Takes on the 2017 ISASS Conference

The 2017 ISASS Conference was a success! We were honored to showcase our products at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery’s (ISASS) Annual Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. this week and enjoyed meeting and networking with various professionals in the industry. A few of our SpineFrontier crew flew out and represented, presenting the latest Less Exposure Surgery Technology alongside AxioMed’s hands-on demo of their Freedom Disc.

“The ISASS Conference provides a rare, independent space where innovative ideas become reality. It was great representing SpineFrontier amid such a vast audience of likeminded individuals in the industry,” said SpineFrontier Industrial Designer Josh Finkel.

AxioMed Takes on the 2017 ISASS Conference

SpineFrontier and AxioMed Founder Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, right, amid interested surgeons.

ISSAS is a global, scientific and educational society dedicated to advancements in spine surgery. During their annual Conference, surgeons, scientists, inventors and various professionals in the industry come together to discuss and address issues involving spinal techniques and technologies. These include basic and clinical science of motion preservation, stabilization, innovative technologies, MIS procedures, biologics and other fundamental topics to restore and improve motion and function of the spine.

AxioMed Senior VP, Research & Development Kari Zimmers said, “It was great being able to represent AxioMed at ISASS. So many people stopped by, excited to see AxioMed moving forward and interested to learn more about the technology.”

The 2017 Conference offered workshops, symposiums, general sessions, a cadaver lab and more. We’re looking forward to many more!

The LES Society for Fellows and SpineFrontier Together Host Educational Lab for Less Exposure Surgery

LES Society and SpineFrontier Collaborate in Educational Lab for Less Exposure Surgery

The LES Society for Fellows and SpineFrontier have collaborated to offer an educational lab segment, Less Exposure Surgery for the Young & Aging Spine: Modern Fusion Techniques.

From Friday, March 31, to Sunday, April 2, the LES Society will host a weekend of learning, developing, networking and more, at the Sanctuary Surgical Center in Boca Raton, Fla. and additional special entertainment venues.

No other organization has provided this unique professional development experience. In keeping with LES Society’s mission of advancing research, education and technology, the Lab will offer various education tools, from a hands-on cadaver lab and case study roundtable discussions to a breakdown of LES techniques and device technology.

Visit the event program here to check out more details on the Lab’s agenda.

Senior faculty attending the Lab include leading professionals in the medical industry, Dr. Dante Leven, Dr. Ashley Simela and LES Society Founder Dr. Kingsley R. Chin.

The weekend will also include mornings of breakfast and introductions, afternoon lunch, and evenings of dinner and drinks. The event will serve as an outlet for medical professionals to meet, learn, develop and enjoy the valuable resources the LES Society can provide.

This Lab is currently SOLD OUT. Please reach out to contact@lessociety.org for details and alerts on upcoming Society events.

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin at AAOS 2017 Annual Meeting San Diego Convention Center

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin Visits the AAOS 2017 Annual Meeting

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin at AAOS 2017 Annual Meeting San Diego Convention CenterOur founder, Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, ventures to San Diego for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2017 Annual Meeting. AAOS provides education and practice management services to orthopedic surgeons and allied health professionals, serving as an outlet to provide patient care and public information about the science of orthopedics.

Each year, AAOS hosts an Annual Meeting, offering educational sessions, product exhibitions, self-directed learning, hands-on showcases, and networking opportunities. The Annual Meeting draws over 30,000 participants yearly, and this year, our founder stopped by to check out the buzz.

“As I walk the floor and talk to my peers, I keep receiving feedback that the AxioMed disc is clearly in a different class by itself. It’s rare to see such clear, disruptive technology,” said Dr. Chin.

Post-meeting, Dr. Chin attended the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program alumni reception at the Pool Club. With all orthopedic members of HCORP welcome, the event served as a catch-up of memories and long-time friendships. Dr. Kingsley R. Chin at the HCORP alumni dinner AAOS San Diego

 

AxioMed Discusses Future of Total Motion Restoration at AAOS

AxioMed Discusses Future of Total Motion Restoration at AAOS

Finding a Better Future: A Diversity of Perspectives Adds Dimension to Future Technological Solutions in Spine

AxioMed’s discussion of the future of total motion restoration opens up dialogue between spine surgeons, fellow and industry insiders at AAOS.

AxioMed, LLC announced today that its event at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Conference in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday March 3, 2016, fostered a lively discussion about the future of total motion restoration in spine. The event took place at the JW Marriott, and was attended by a variety of industry players, including established practicing surgeons, academics, fellows, and biologics and medical technology producers. Members of the press were also present.

“The diversity of attendees created a dynamic conversation informed by multiple perspectives from industry leaders, academics, surgeons and fellows.It opened up an important dialogue about the possibilities in total segment restoration,” said Jake Lubinski, president of AxioMed

“The diversity of attendees created a dynamic conversation informed by multiple perspectives from industry leaders, academics, surgeons and fellows.It opened up an important dialogue about the possibilities in total segment restoration,” said Jake Lubinski, president of AxioMed. “We hosted this event, because we believe those in the spine industry can learn a lot from the history of joint replacement, and that the time has come to move beyond fusion.”

Attendees engaged in debate on topics surrounding total motion preservation in the spine, discussing questions such as: “What’s been happening in the facet market? Is it feasible to replace the facets? Why not replace the facets? Is facet replacement an idea whose time has come?”

Dr. Jens Chapman, an Orthopedic Surgeon who practices at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle, WA, and has been a proponent for sound evidence-based spine motion restoration procedures, participated in the discussion, raising important high-level and technical points about total facet replacement. He said, “In spine, we don’t have a good solution for total segment restoration yet. For facets we need to find a treatment that’s less bulky, yet effective and use it in patients where simple treatment, such as decompression surgery alone is not applicable.”

The evening also featured a talk from Invibio about the benefits of HA PEEK and SpineFrontier’s pioneering role in bringing it to market. Jake Lubinski, President of AxioMed, LLC spoke about facet replacement, a solution that Dr. Kingsley R. Chin patented in 2002, and how the AxioMed Freedom total disc replacement, together with facet replacement technology, represents a huge step forward for the industry.

Dr. Chin, an Orthopedic Surgeon and CEO of KICVentures, called the event, “a historic discussion among surgeons about the challenges and opportunities that these technologies present.” He said that it was important that a mix of fellows and more experienced surgeons were present. “It’s time for us surgeons who have been practicing for awhile to begin to hand this vision for the future of spine and total motion restoration off to fellows. That’s why we’re intentional in our partnership with fellows, because we believe the life of our vision for better spine solutions will eventually be sustained by them.”

About AxioMed

Founded in 2001, AxioMed began its journey of exhaustively proving the Freedom® Disc through research, development and testing. In 2014, KICVentures recognized the disc’s enormous potential and acquired the company into their healthcare portfolio. AxioMed owns an exclusive viscoelastic material license on its proprietary Freedom Disc technology.

About SpineFrontier® Inc.

SpineFrontier Inc. is a growing medical technology company that designs, develops and markets both implants and instruments for spine surgery based on the Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) Philosophy. These technologies are designed to allow for outpatient surgery due to minimal disruption of normal tissues. SpineFrontier is headquartered in Malden, MA. It is a KICVentures portfolio company and the leader in LES technologies and instruments.

About KICVentures

KICVentures manages several portfolio companies (including AxioMed, LLC and SpineFrontier®, Inc.), investing in disruptive technology in the health-tech sector. KICVentures acquires, creates, and nurtures companies and their technologies to their fullest potential.

SpineFrontier A Meeting of the Minds: Dr. Kingsley R. Chin Speaks among Dr. Bash & Dr. Aferzon

A Meeting of the Minds: Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, Dr. Bash & Dr. Aferzon

Dr. Jeffrey Bash and Dr. Joseph Aferzon recently hosted an event at the Capital Grille in Hartford, Conn. The dinner was a meeting of the minds and featured Dr. Chin, the surgeon-entrepreneur founder and CEO of SpineFrontier. In addition to the hosts, the event was attended by several prolific Connecticut surgeons brought together by a common interest in innovative product design and outpatient care.

The evening kicked off with a round table-style, open forum discussion about surgeon innovation at SpineFrontier. Dr. Bash and Dr. Aferzon spoke glowingly about their experiences working with SpineFrontier designers and engineers. They described the benefits of collaborating with SpineFrontier’s talented and smart product design team who have taken their ideas for new and better products and instruments and turned them into reality. Dr. Bash noted that the SpineFrontier team was unique in both its ability to understand surgeons’ input and direction and to design intelligent products and instruments that worked better for surgeons and patients.

The discussion turned to the rise of outpatient treatment out of necessity for patient safety. Dr. Chin and Sarah Cook (a SpineFrontier Mechanical Engineer) shared case studies with the group and talked about SpineFrontier’s variety of product offerings. The rest of the evening centered on a vibrant discussion about the spine industry, the rise of outpatient treatment, new billing restrictions and innovative surgical techniques

To wrap up the evening, Jake Lubinski, president of AxioMed, gave a short presentation on AxioMed’s clinical studies of its Freedom® total disc replacement technology. Frank Schnur, the Chief Sales Officer of KICVentures, spoke about the KICVentures’ ecosystem of health-tech companies and its entrepreneurial movement.

Surgeons and Investors Shouldn’t Miss this Opportunity to Discuss How to Apply Lessons from Total Joint Replacement to Spine Restorative Motion | SpineFrontier feature

AxioMed AAOS Event to Feature Dr. Mark Reiley – Surgeon, Entrepreneur, Champion of Total Segmental Restorative Motion

Surgeons and Investors Shouldn’t Miss This Opportunity to Discuss How to Apply Lessons from Total Joint Replacement to Spine Restorative Motion

AxioMed announced today that Dr. Mark Reiley, an experienced veteran of total segment motion preservation, will speak at a private event hosted by AxioMed during AAOS’s (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. The wine and cheese tasting event will occur in a private suite at the JW Marriott, in Orlando on Thursday evening, March 3, 2016 at 8 p.m., and will give attendees the opportunity to mingle with orthopedic industry leaders from several companies, including AxioMed, Invibio, SpineFrontier and KICVentures, among others. In conjunction with Dr. Reiley’s talk, AxioMed will host a discussion about applying lessons in total joint replacement to spine motion preservation. The topic of discussion will include the latest trends in technology, the evolution of joint replacement and the practice of motion preservation in spine. To RSVP for this event, please email sarahcook@spinefrontier.com.

Dr. Mark Reiley is a board-certified surgeon who did his first total segment motion preservation procedure in Berlin over 10 years ago. Dr. Reiley co-founded Kyphon based on his invention of the Kyphon balloon device to treat fractured vertebrae. Reiley sold Kyphon to Medtronic in 2007. He then founded INBONE Technologies, Inc. in 2008, serving as its Chief Medical Officer. Among other inventions, Dr. Reiley also designed the first and only Total Ankle Replacement (TAR) to use intramedullary guidance. He is also the inventor of the triangular fusion rod and Co-founder of SI-Bone. Dr. Reiley is an international speaker and published author of several books and articles, as well as the winner of the 2008 Phoenix Lifetime Achievement Award in Medicine. AxioMed is honored to have Dr. Reiley lead a discussion on how to achieve total segmental restoration in spine.

Jake Lubinski, President of AxioMed, will give an update on AxioMed Freedom® Total Disc Replacement’s IDE progress. The AxioMed Freedom Disc is a single-piece total disc replacement with a proprietary, viscoelastic polymer core that mimics the flexibility and stiffness of a human vertebra. This next-generation technology is the only one of its kind on the market. So far, the Freedom Cervical Disc has completed a European post-market study. The USA Lumbar IDE, started in 2008, has just finished a two year follow-up. Visit this article for more information about the Freedom Disc clinical studies.

European surgeons who use the Freedom Disc have been pleased with its results. Dr. Hausmann, an EU neurosurgeon and early adopter of the Freedom Disc says, “My patients had no side effects…I am very happy with the two-year results of the disc…The AxioMed disc has a better range of movement than the ball-and-socket discs.”

About AxioMed

Founded in 2001, AxioMed began its journey of exhaustively proving the Freedom® Disc through research, development and testing. In 2014, KICVentures recognized the disc’s enormous potential and acquired the company into their healthcare portfolio. AxioMed owns an exclusive viscoelastic material license on its proprietary Freedom Disc technology.

About KICVentures

KICVentures manages several portfolio companies (including AxioMed, LLC), investing in disruptive technology in the healthtech sector. KICVentures acquires, creates, and nurtures companies and their technologies to their fullest potential.

LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore

LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore

The LES Society started the year with a spectacular event at Dr. Agha Khan’s impressive Vita Lab in Baltimore. Harvard-trained Dr. Jeffrey Carlson of Newport News, Virginia, stole the show with his instruction on the LES midline technique. Residents and fellows hung on his every word as they crowded around his cadaver to get a closer look at his expert techniques. Dr. Carlson has done more than 100 LES midline approach cases using SpineFrontier’s instruments and implants.

Dr. Carlson, said, “The Baltimore event was an enormous success. We enjoyed the company of a lot of great surgeons and eager fellows who were interested in LES technologies, techniques and of course AxioMed’s total disc replacement technology. It was an enriching day of education and learning for our SpineFrontier team.  All the surgeons who participated were really engaged in the hands-on labs and getting their questions answered.”

The LES Society Lab in Baltimore was the first in its series of labs and journal clubs for residents and fellows from around the country.  New York neurosurgeon, Dr. John Shiau, engaged the crowd with his energetic and passionate insights on the benefits of MIS techniques. Next, Dr. Michael Murray, an orthopedic surgeon also from New York, instructed the audience on case selection and techniques for a cervical standalone using SpineFrontier’s A-CIFT™ SoloFuse. His patience and meticulous instruction was greatly appreciated by the residents and fellows. Wrapping up the lectures, Dr. Khan, the Baltimore-based neurosurgeon, spoke eloquently about the simplicity and benefit of using an interspinous device as part of the LES philosophy.

Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) is based on a new surgical philosophy. Small open incisions are created, through which the surgeon only exposes what needs to be treated for maximum effectiveness. By developing improved technologies and techniques tailored for pinpointing a problem and fixing it without collateral damage, LES® minimizes normal tissue disruption without relying on excessive radiation.

LES® procedures are performed in an outpatient setting and are tailored to the patient’s lifestyle, health status, and body type. This personal attention decreases risk, is simpler for the surgeon to perform, reduces pain and blood loss, and decreases recovery time.

After lectures, the four LES Society surgeons served as proctors at different cadaver stations.

Dr. Carlson ran a station on midline screw trajectories featuring the PedFuse REmind and FacetFuse® Screws.
LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore
LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore
Dr. Shiau’s station demonstrated the MISquito™ and InSpan™ technologies.
LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore
Dr. Murray ran a station on A-CIFT™ SoloFuse-P™, teaching residents about how to get cervical exposure.
LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore
Dr. Khan hosted a station on InVue and Inset® Anterior Cervical Plates. He also showcased AxioMed’s Freedom® Cervical Disc.
LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore
LES Society Off to a Roaring Start with First Lab of the Year, Baltimore

After cadaver labs, Frank Schnur, the CSO of SpineFrontier and KICVentures, spoke about the compelling opportunity represented by the KICVentures ecosystem and one of its portfolio companies, AxioMed. AxioMed Freedom® total disc replacement is a single piece technology with a viscoelastic polymer core that closely mimics the shock absorption and movement of a human disc. Surgeons enjoyed putting in the AxioMed Freedom® Cervical Total Disc Replacement earlier in the day.

Dr. Carlson, said, “The Baltimore event was an enormous success. We enjoyed the company of a lot of great surgeons and eager fellows who were interested in LES technologies, techniques and of course AxioMed’s total disc replacement technology. It was an enriching day of education and learning for our SpineFrontier team.  All the surgeons who participated were really engaged in the hands-on labs and getting their questions answered.”

A CSRS Cervical Spine Research Society follow-up Dr. Kingsley R. Chin SpineFrontier

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin visits CSRS: A Follow Up

On Dec. 4 and 5, Dr. Chin attended CSRS (Cervical Spine Research Society) in San Diego. For the fuller story, read the Spark article: AxioMed Planning To Bring Its Cervical Viscoelastic Total Disc Replacement to the U.S. Dr. Chin reports here briefly on his experience.

“At CSRS, I met with key opinion leaders to discuss bringing the IDE for the AxioMed cervical TDR to the USA and to also discuss how to organize surgeons to participate in raising the capital to fund the IDE to bring the cervical TDR to market.  Surgeons shared that they are convinced that the viscoelastic TDR is the best available solution for treating disc disease in the cervical spine over either fusion or disc replacements with moving pieces that act as joint replacements. AxioMed’s Freedom Disc is a true replacement that mimics the natural disc to restore alignment and motion,” said Dr. Chin.

The disc is available outside the USA and is exclusively distributed by SpineFrontier.

SpineFrontier Sponsors Brother of Mine Foundation Golf Classic

SpineFrontier Sponsors Brother of Mine Foundation Golf Classic

SpineFrontier recently sponsored the Brother of Mine Foundation Golf Classic’s Inaugural Event at the Hudson National Golf Club in Croton on Hudson, N.Y. The event took place on Oct. 19, 2015.

Brother of Mine Foundation is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting military men, women and their families through hardships sustained from their military service. Each year, the foundation selects a particular service member to help.

This year’s golf event honored U.S. Army/Special Forces Sergeant Jared Bullock, and its proceeds will go toward building a new home for Sergeant Bullock and his family.

The CEO of SpineFrontier, Dr. Chin said, “It was wonderful to support Sergeant Bullock and his family. They have sacrificed tremendously for our country, and it’s an honor to be able to give back to him in some way.”

About Sergeant Jared Bullock

“U.S. Army SFC Jared Bullock felt a need to do something to help after Sept. 11, 2001. A couple of years later, he and his twin brother enlisted in the Army together. With a start as an infantryman, he attended basic training and airborne school at Ft. Benning, Ga. Upon completion he served two tours to Iraq from 2005-2006 and 2007-2008, later becoming a Staff Sergeant. Jared was awarded a Green Beret after his hard work in the Special Forces Qualification Course. He was then assigned to Ft. Bragg, N.C. and eventually to Florida. Thereafter, he conducted two rotations to South America.

On Nov. 13, 2013 while on routine patrol on an ATV in Afghanistan, he ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost this right arm and leg. Over 30 surgeries later, he had prosthetics and was walking with his four year-old son again.

Jared shared, “I knew that my life wasn’t over, and this was just another challenge. Challenges have always motivated me to push harder in life.” With the help of his wife and son, his team and community, it has given him the positive attitude that he needed to help him carry on. He continues to show people that they are capable regardless of obstacles in their path.”[1]

For more information on Brother of Mine Foundation visit their website.

[1] http://www.brotherofminefoundation.com/events/honoring-usfc-sergeant-jared-bullock/

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin Delivers Lecture at Symposium on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin Delivers Lecture at Symposium on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

On Sept. 23, 2015, Dr. Kingsley R. Chin presented on “Ambulatory/Outpatient Minimally Invasive Surgery” at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care’s Department of Neurological Surgery’s Symposium on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

Dr. Chin spoke to an audience of physicians and medical students about the changing healthcare system. He provided a surgeon-entrepreneur’s perspective on trends in consumer-facing technology and outpatient technologies. He explained how these technologies have the potential to cause a disruption of the high-cost hospital model and enable movement toward a less expensive outpatient model that empowers both patients and surgeons.

“Dr. Chin has a purposeful way of speaking, and can connect with any audience.”

Susan MacNeil, coordinator of the Symposium, said that she received positive feedback after Dr. Chin’s lecture. “People were surprised to learn how much Dr. Chin had accomplished at a young age, and they found him to be an interesting speaker.

Peter Prinos, who also attended the symposium said that, “Dr. Chin has a purposeful way of speaking, and can connect with any audience.”