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Archus Orthopedics Performs First Facet Replacement Procedure With an Artificial Disc
Date:10/8/2008

Hansen Yuan, who spearheaded development of the company's unique product family to compliment artificial discs. "Replacing the degenerative facet joint and maintaining spine motion is a much better solution than fusion," he added.

"Combining disc or nucleus replacement therapy with facet replacement expands the market for these technologies and gives surgeons all the tools they need to rebuild the entire spinal segment," said Jim Fitzsimmons, chairman and chief executive officer. "This total joint replacement approach is consistent with where things have gone in orthopedics and where they are ultimately going in spine," he added. Archus indicated that its entire family of facet replacement products has already received CE Mark approval in the European Union, where marketing trials are ongoing.

About Archus Orthopedics

Founded in July 2001, Archus Orthopedics is a privately held company developing a family of reconstructive implants to treat a variety of spine disorders resulting from degenerative changes in the facet joints. The company's first product, the Total Facet Arthroplasty System(R), has been successfully implanted in hundreds of patients worldwide, and is being evaluated in the United States in a Pivotal IDE clinical trial approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Archus has received venture capital funding from MPM Capital, InterWest Partners, Polaris Venture Partners and Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation.


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