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DePuy Synthes Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Expanding Innovations Inc.


The Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies* announced that DePuy Synthes** has signed an agreement with Expanding Innovations Inc. to distribute the X-Pac Expandable Lumbar Cage System in the U.S. The X-Pac Cage augments DePuy Synthes’ existing suite of products to provide a comprehensive procedural solution within the lumbar degenerative and minimally invasive spine segments.

Expanding Innovations Inc. has been dedicated to developing differentiated intellectual property and is deeply committed to revolutionizing expandable cages. The X-Pac Cage product portfolio is an example of the company’s commitment to offering innovative technology to spine surgeons.

“We are incredibly excited to collaborate with the Expanding Innovations team to bring the X-Pac Cage technology to U.S. spine surgeons,” said Russell Powers***, Worldwide President, DePuy Synthes Spine. “This next generation technology is well aligned with our robust portfolio and continued commitment to improve minimally invasive surgery, and we look forward to bringing this important innovation forward as a new option for patients.”

The X-Pac Expandable Lumbar Cage’s expansion mechanism provides controlled expansion of both height and lordosis to allow for intra-operative adjustment depending on the patient’s anatomy to meet their clinical needs. A differentiated lock ramp-feature built into the cage endplates leaves a large available graft space inside the cage for post graft packing. These benefits can enable surgeons to tailor treatment options for patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery.

“I have used many expandable cage options throughout my career and the X-Pac Cage presents certain advantages, including a unique design where the expansion mechanism is located in the inserter handle, enabling a low profile expansion ramp within the cage, which leaves space to abundantly and quickly backfill the cage with bone graft,” said Dr. Frank LaMarca****, Neurosurgeon, Jackson, Michigan. “The footprint and lordosis options allow me to choose the appropriate cage, while the dedicated positive locking mechanism gives me confidence that it will maintain height and lordosis until a solid fusion can be achieved. The EI X-Pac Cage has been an important addition to my spinal implant armamentarium.”

The X-Pac Cage technology is being showcased at the DePuy Synthes Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Virtual Education Experience starting this week and concluding on February 10th. You can learn more about this event by clicking here.

*Comprising the surgery, orthopaedics, vision and interventional solutions businesses within Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices segment
**DePuy Synthes represents the products and services of DePuy Synthes Sales, Inc. and its affiliates.
*** Russell Powers is an employee of Medical Device Business Services, Inc.
****Dr. LaMarca is a paid consultant to DePuy Synthes

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