EIT Emerging Implant Technologies Acquires 22 Patents for 3D Printed Expandable Cage Technology Based on Living Hinges from Dr. Morgan Lorio
August 25, 2017 at 5:39 pm
Emerging Implant Technologies GmbH (EIT), a German medical device manufacturer exclusively focused on creating innovative technologies for spinal applications by utilizing additive manufacturing (“3D-Printing”), today announced the acquisition of a full patent portfolio of 22 issued and pending patents for 3D printed expandable spinal fusion cages based on living hinges from Morgan P. Lorio, MD. These patents cover the United States, Europe and many other global markets and provide EIT the option to offer a complete product range of fully 3D printed cages for both vertical and lateral expansion.
Dr. Morgan Lorio is triple board certified in spine, orthopaedic and hand surgery. Since recovering from a significant spinal injury, he has become a renowned advocate for patients with spinal injuries, an expert in spine policy, and a notable pioneer in spinal technology. He has special interests in cervical spine pathology affecting the upper extremity, artificial discs, motion preservation, and minimally invasive spinal surgery, as well as in issues particular to the female spine, such as sacroiliac joint disease and vertebral augmentation. Dr. Lorio practices at Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics in Nashville,TN.
Guntmar Eisen, CEO of EIT says “This IP is our platform to take fully 3D printed fusion cages to the next level by adding functionality to our EIT cellular titanium® cages. This will give the surgeon more options intraoperatively, reduce inventory and support MIS techniques – and at the same time reduce cost of expandable cages.”
Morgan Lorio, MD believes that “The combination of 3D printed cellular structures with functionality is disruptive game changing technology. It will give me better tools to restore my patients´ spinal balance and enlarge the cage footprints for better endplate coverage while experiencing faster spinal fusion. I am thrilled that these technologies will be advanced by the German engineering team of EIT.”
The first functional spinal fusion cages based on the patent acquisition will be launched in 2018.