Additive manufacturing and 3D printing for the masses
Incubated by IntuitiveX
The measure of success for a lumbar spinal surgery is how well bone fusion is achieved. During spinal surgery, interbody cages are inserted into the disc space along with a bone graft and supplemental fixation. This is done in order to help restore and maintain normal spacing between the vertebrae, as well as to stabilize the spine while the bones grow.
In a successful fusion, the bone grows around and through the cage over time. Unfortunately, failed fusion surgery syndrome can occur if the bony fusion fails to grow. Studies have shown that the material used in the cage may affect the successful growth of the bony fusion.
Traditionally, cages used in interbody fusion procedures have been made of allograft bone (donated bone from a bone bank) or materials such as carbon fiber, PEEK (polyetheretherketone polymer), or titanium.
In an effort to enhance the bony fusion potential of implants, the scientific community has focused on porous metal implants in the hope of establishing a material similar in structure and mechanical properties to bone.
The high cost and lack of expertise in Additive Manufacturing is limiting the use of the technology for orthopedic implants. Currently available 3D printing is time consuming, costly, and has limited porosity.
As the exclusive advisor for a cutting-edge metal additive manufacturing company, Protogenyx will work to monetize their IP by identifying, pursuing, and completing transactions with companies in the life sciences industry.
Transactions would include:
Project-based work such as design inception, proof of concept through digital simulation and physical testing, prototyping, part optimization for manufacturing
IP license or sale
Sale of the company
Founder & CEO: Eric Larsen
Founder & CMO: Jeffrey Roh, MD
Founder & CFO: Saif Khan