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SpineFrontier, Inc's MISquito Percutaneous Pedicle Screw System in action.

SpineFrontier Enhances the MISquito Percutaneous Pedicle Screw System in Response to Growing Demand

SpineFrontier leverages Dr. Kingsley R. Chin’s extensive history of developing less invasive technologies since his invention of the MANTIS Percutaneous Screw System purchased by Stryker Corporation in 2005

SpineFrontier, Inc., the leader in Less Exposure Surgery (LES®) Technologies, announced today the next evolution in spinal fusion, the MISquito Percutaneous Pedicle Screw System (part of the PedFuse Pedicle Screw System platform). In contrast to the competition, SpineFrontier is focused on technique driven product solutions that provide maximum efficiency and enable outpatient, same-day surgery for patients. The MISquito’s advanced instrumentation and technique reduces exposure to fluoroscopy and eliminates the complexity of inserting of pedicle screws, pedicle rods, and locking caps in multilevel constructs.

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Dr. Chin, orthopedic spine surgeon and CEO of SpineFrontier, says, “Almost every week I now use the MISquito for percutaneous lumbar fixation in an outpatient setting. The instrumentation makes it easy to perform fusions in a lateral position and for multilevel fusions from T2 to the sacrum with ease. I first started designing percutaneous pedicle screws in 2003 with the MANTIS and now 14 years later the MISquito is very advanced in its efficiency and simplicity. With the rise in number of fusions being performed, it is critical that we make these progressive leaps forward with our systems. We are now working on leveraging the design for scoliosis.”

The MISquito System continues to advance under the leadership and expertise of Dr. Chin, SpineFrontier’s rapidly expanding surgeon base, and their relationship with SpineFrontier’s accomplished Engineers and Designers who are trained to perform this surgery in the onsite cadaver lab. This extensive knowledge network ensures that no use scenario goes unexplored and ensures the instrumentation, in conjunction with the technique, overcome the limitations and intricacies of the competition.

Michael Emery, SpineFrontier Product Manager and Engineer of SpineFrontier’s Pedicle Screw platform “It’s exciting to continue to see the effective results of our Technique based Technologies through the relationship between our surgeons and engineers. The system boasts a first in-class implant engineered to accommodate a wide range of patient anatomy, bone density, and deformities. We accomplished this with our various screw offerings, built in reduction capability with superior tab strength, and progressive screw thread.”

SpineFrontier has enhanced the MISquito System to increase the ease and simplicity of putting in percutaneous screws and rods over multiple levels.

  • The flat blade dilator is designed to create a minimal incision size ideal for screw and rod insertion without excess tissue damage.
  • The locking screw inserter eliminates any toggle between the implant and instrument making it feel like one device. The locking mechanism ensures the screw is fully retained and does not unintentionally disassemble from the inserter.
  • A new implant configuration called REspond-XL that incorporates extended break off tabs with significant reduction threads for easy rod reduction
  • The threaded rod pusher allows for fully seating the pedicle rod into the saddle of the tulip
  • The new GEN II Rod Inserter was developed to ensure a rigid connection between instrument and implant to allow for rod and tulip manipulation in-situ during insertion. The mechanism allows for effortless insertion into the anatomy without the need for an additional incision.
  • The system also has a percutaneous compressor/distractor system that is less complex than competitor systems and fits into the technique flawlessly.

The PedFuse Pedicle Screw System is intended to provide immobilization and stabilization of spinal segments in skeletally mature patients as an adjunct to fusion in the treatment of the following acute instabilities or deformities of the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine: degenerative spondylolisthesis with objective evidence of neurological impairment, fracture, dislocation, scoliosis, kyphosis, spinal tumor, and failed previous fusion (Pseudoarthrosis).

In addition, the PedFuse Pedicle Screw System is indicated for the treatment of severe spondylolisthesis (Grade 3 and 4) of the L5-S1 vertebra in skeletally mature patients receiving fusion by autogenous bone graft having implants attached to the lumbar and sacral spine (L3 to S1).

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 believes LESS is more: LESS time in treatment and recovery is more time in action for patients and surgeons. The LES Techniques drive the design process under the leadership and expertise of Dr. Chin, our surgeon experts, and engineering team that have access to our training lab and state of the art manufacturing facility to ensure that every use scenario is explored and design limitations are overcome. SpineFrontier is headquartered in Malden, MA. It was founded in 2006, and released its first products in 2008. SpineFrontier is a KICVentures portfolio company and the leader in LES technologies and instruments.

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SpineFrontier, Inc. Launches the MISquito Percutaneous Pedicle Screw System at NASS 2011

SpineFrontier, Inc. Launches the MISquito Percutaneous Pedicle Screw System at NASS 2011 with the support of Surgeon Inventor Dr. Kingsley R. Chin

Beverly, MA – March 2, 2012 ­– SpineFrontier, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing less exposure surgery (LES) technologies, announced today the product launch of the MISquito MIS Pedicle Screw System. The system was initially launched at NASS 2011 with the support of Surgeon Inventor Kingsley R. Chin, M.D.

“MISquito eliminates the fiddle factor common to other percutaneous systems. MISquito simply and reliably aligns and captures the rod, which makes it easy for the surgeon to operate from T2-S1 without fluoro during rod insertion,” said Dr. Chin.

Dr. Chin is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and trained at the Harvard Hospitals, including Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is a board certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon who completed a fellowship specializing in spinal surgery at Case Western Reserve University under the mentorship of Henry H. Bohlman, M.D.  Dr. Chin has published extensively, holds multiple patents, edited textbooks, lectured worldwide on spine surgery, and was an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Surgery at University of Pennsylvania Medical School from 2003 to 2007. He founded and currently runs the Institute for Modern and Innovative Surgery in South Florida.

Dr. Chin is the inventor of the Minimal Access Nontraumatic Insertion System (MANTIS), a Percutaneous Pedicle Screw System for which he received two issued patents.  Dr. Chin sold MANTIS in 2005 and has directed his focus to develop the next generation of percutaneous pedicle screw systems.

“The MISquito System is a much more surgeon-friendly system that reduces the need for fluoroscopy to place the rod and is easier for multiple level surgeries,” said Dr. Chin.

About MISquito Technology

The MISquito MIS technique is used in conjunction with SpineFrontier’s PedFuse Respond Pedicle Screw System for percutaneous insertion. It is a new method for percutaneously delivering a pedicle screw and rod construct for thoraco-lumbar spinal fixation. Unlike other approaches, the MISquito features enhanced methods and instruments for easier rod insertion. The innovative rod guidance system allows surgeons to control and guide both ends of the rod as it is inserted into its optimal position.

“MISquito is unique because it’s the first percutaneous pedicle screw system designed with true front end rod guidance.” said SpineFrontier’s MISquito Lead Designer Jeremy Crossgrove. “MISquito was designed to pull the rod into the correct and final position.”

The MISquito MIS Pedicle Screw System is a Less Exposure Percutaneous Surgery (LEPS) technology from SpineFrontier, Inc. that adheres to the LES (Less Exposure Surgery) philosophy. The system is designed with a bulleted rod for an accurate and smooth insertion. The LES philosophy combines the benefits of minimal surgery with maximum effectiveness.

About SpineFrontier

SpineFrontier Inc. is a growing medical device company that designs, develops and markets implants and instruments used in spine surgery. The SpineFrontier team is focused on developing innovative technologies and techniques for spinal surgery based on the Less Exposure Surgery (LES) philosophy. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Beverly, MA.

About Less Exposure Surgery (LES)

“The Less Exposure Surgery philosophy is to use proportionate exposure for maximal effectiveness, to preserve the anatomy, diminish blood loss, surgical time, and exposure to radiation,” said LES Society Course Chairman and Spine Surgeon Kingsley R. Chin, M.D.