Stryker’s Spine Division Receives FDA Clearance for 3D-Printed Tritanium® C Anterior Cervical Cage

Allendale, N.J.—Sept. 20, 2017Stryker’s Spine division today announced that its Tritanium® C Anterior Cervical Cage, a 3D-printed interbody fusion cage intended for use in the cervical spine, has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Tritanium C Anterior Cervical Cage is constructed from Stryker’s proprietary Tritanium In-Growth Technology,1 a novel, highly porous titanium material designed for bone in-growth and biological fixation.1 Tritanium material may be able to wick or retain fluid, in contrast to traditional titanium material.2

“We are excited to introduce the Tritanium C Anterior Cervical Cage following the successful launch last year of our Tritanium Posterior Lumbar Cage,” said Bradley Paddock, President of Stryker’s Spine division. “The benefits of additive manufacturing to create highly porous spinal implants that are ‘engineered for bone’ are becoming increasingly clear. Additive manufacturing allows us to push beyond conventional manufacturing techniques to address design complexity and achieve previously unmanufacturable geometries, while delivering the performance, reproducibility, and quality our customers have come to expect.”

The unique porous structure of the Tritanium material is designed to create a favorable environment for cell attachment and proliferation, as demonstrated in an in-vitro study.3* It is inspired by the microstructure of cancellous bone4 and enabled by AMagine™, Stryker’s proprietary approach to implant creation using additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing.

The Tritanium C Anterior Cervical Cage features an open central graft window and lateral windows to help reduce stiffness of the cage and minimize subsidence. In addition, the large graft window allows for bone graft containment. Engineered for stability,5the cage has serrations on the superior and inferior surfaces designed for bidirectional fixation and to maximize surface area for endplate contact with the cage. Its smooth posterior edges help to facilitate insertion and protect soft tissue and anatomy. The Tritanium C Anterior Cervical Cage is offered in a number of footprints, heights, and lordotic angles to adapt to a variety of patient anatomies. It will be available to surgeons in Q4 2017.

Intended Use (US)
The Tritanium C Anterior Cervical Cage is indicated for use in cervical interbody fusion procedures in skeletally mature patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD) at one level or two contiguous levels from the C2 to T1 disc. The cage is to be used with autogenous and/or allogenic bone graft comprised of cancellous and/or corticocancellous bone graft, and is to be implanted via an open, anterior approach. For the full indications for use, please refer to the Tritanium C Anterior Cervical Cage Instructions for Use.

About Stryker
Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with its customers, is driven to make healthcare better. The company offers innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. More information is available at www.stryker.com.

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References
1. PROJ43909: Tritanium technology claim support memo
2. RD0000050927: Tritanium material capillary evaluation
3. RD0000053710: Tritanium cell infiltration and attachment experiment
*No correlation to human clinical outcomes has been demonstrated or established
4. Karageorgiou V, Kaplan D. Porosity of 3D biomaterial scaffolds and osteogenesis. Biomaterials, 26, 5475-5491
5. PROJ44960: Coefficient of friction memo

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About Peter Coffaro 1104 Articles
A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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