SpineGuard, a producer of disposable medical devices, has entered a co-development agreement to integrate its Dynamic Surgical Guidance (DSG) technology with Neuro France Implants' (NFI's) pedicle screw system.
The company said its DSG technology will be embedded into the pedicle screw system to offer accuracy, improve surgical workflow, and match health economic trends.
SpineGuard co-founder Pierre Jérôme said: "We are very pleased to partner with NFI on the development of this game-changing technology in a global annual market of one million pedicle screw-based procedures.
"Our common ambition is to perform the first surgeries with our dynamically guided screws this year.
"Our R&D collaboration with Neuro France, initiated a few months ago, has already been fruitful with four labs, three generations of functional prototypes and very positive feedback from the surgeons involved in the pre-clinical evaluation."
Neuro France Implants co-founder Patrice Moreau said: "Making our G2S pedicle screw system dynamically guided thanks to SpineGuard's unique technology will offer enhanced safety and assurance to spine surgeons."
SpineGuard produces FDA cleared and CE Marked PediGuard devices for safer screw placement in spine surgery.
PediGuard is claimed to be the world's first and only handheld device capable of alerting surgeons to potential pedicular or vertebral breaches.
The PediGuard showed its accuracy in pedicle preparation ,and the partnership will see the integration of two technologies into one device, a new screw with an original design combined with the Dynamic Surgical Guidance technology.
Image: Smart pedicle screw system based on SpineGuard's Dynamic Surgical Guidance platform technology. Photo: courtesy of SpineGuard.