ApiFix Featured in Israel21c

Scoliosis correction for kids just got much less invasive

An Israeli medical implant is providing faster, cheaper and ultimately more effective correction of severe spinal curvature in patients aged 10-18.

By Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c (10 January 2017)

 

ApiFix ratchet system for scoliosis treatment

The ratchet-based system developed by ApiFix captures incremental changes to correct the spinal curvature gradually.

An internal brace for adolescent scoliosis from Israel’s ApiFix has continued to generate inquiries from readers since ISRAEL21c first wrote about its development in April 2012.

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As of the end of 2016, the ApiFix device has been used on 110 patients in Israel and in eight European countries — Germany, France, Holland, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Romania and Poland – and is getting closer to approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), says CTO Uri Arnin.

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Based at the Trendlines Group in Misgav, northern Israel, ApiFix is completing a Series B $5 million investment round led by the multinational European company B. Braun, which invested $2.8 million.

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ApiFix’s Israeli-made titanium implant needs only two screws to secure it in place during a one-hour, minimally invasive procedure and allows the patient to maintain most of the flexibility of the spine. Approved for use in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis over 40 degrees, the implant corrects the curve gradually over several months.

Read the full article on Israel21c.

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