Medical device companies sign up to sponsor Syndicom SpineConnect platform

Durango 04 April 2006Four medical device companies have agreed to become premier title sponsors of the Syndicom SpineConnect platform. Stryker Spine, DePuy Spine, NuVasive and SeaSpine have agreed to support Syndicom's cutting-edge technology that provides a Web-based infrastructure for easy case collaboration.

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"Syndicom's monthly 20 percent growth rate underscores the power of collaboration within the spine surgeon community", stated Gerald Pennington, Global Communications Manager for Stryker Spine. "From using SpineConnect to obtain input on difficult and unusual cases to integrating it with conferences for grand rounds, spine surgeons now have an easy-to-use educational tool at their disposal with a vast potential to improve patient care. Stryker Spine is proud to be a premier sponsor of this innovative platform."

Dr. Paul Anderson, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, commented: "As a spine surgeon who relies on SpineConnect not only as an educational tool within my teaching hospital, but also as a means to gain additional insight into complex cases, I applaud these companies for having the foresight to sponsor SpineConnect. SpineConnect has already made a difference in how I approach my patient cases and I believe that it will have a profound effect within the spine surgeon community."

"We are proud to be associated with Stryker Spine, DePuy Spine, NuVasive and SeaSpine as sponsors of the Syndicom SpineConnect platform. Their confidence in our solution is further proof that our focus on collaboration designed specifically for spine surgeons will result in tangible benefits for spine care patients", concluded Scott Capdevielle, CEO of Syndicom.

After just four short months since its introduction, Syndicom SpineConnect has garnered wide acceptance within the spine surgeon community. With over 190 cases and close to 1000 reviews posted, SpineConnect is quickly becoming a place for spine surgeons to collaborate on difficult and unusual cases. Spine surgeons from eight different countries representing academic and research oriented institutions as well as private practices, have already accessed SpineConnect more than 14.000 times.

Syndicom was founded to facilitate the development, management and distribution of intellectual property. By creating advanced communication tools for seamless collaboration, Syndicom enables communities to collaborate and deliver innovative solutions to the market in a more timely, efficient, and economical way. The company's flagship product, SpineConnect, helps spine surgeons to share knowledge about difficult and unusual cases, facilitate the proper use of technologies, and improve the quality of potential technologies.

Stryker Spine, a division of Stryker Corporation, develops, manufactures, and sells a full range of spinal implants for spinal surgeries in sixty four key markets around the world. Stryker Corporation is a major medical technology company with the most broadly-based range of products in orthopaedics and a significant presence in other medical specialities.

DePuy Spine, a Johnson & Johnson company, has worked and partnered with clinicians, researchers, and thought leaders to develop products to treat spine disorders for over 20 years. The company is committed to advancing the knowledge of all health care professionals and their patients in addressing spinal pathologies.

NuVasive is a medical device company focusing on the design, development and marketing of products for use in minimally disruptive surgical treatments for the spine. NuVasive's Maximum Access Surgery (MAS) product platform includes the NeuroVision nerve avoidance system, MaXcess, spine access system, and specialized implants. NuVasive also offers classic fusion implant products for use in spine surgery and has an R&D pipeline emphasizing motion preservation products such as Total Disc Replacement (TDR).

Southern California SeaSpine focused on providing high quality, competitive products for the spine fusion market, advancing spine fusion surgery by developing less-invasive, less traumatic products and procedures, and developing next generation nonfusion products.


Leslie Versweyveld

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