Click here to close now.

SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Ian Goldsmith, Ed Featherston, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan

News Feed Item

Zimmer Spine and Benvenue Medical Enter Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Kiva® VCF Treatment System

BORDEAUX, France and SANTA CLARA, California, October 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

        
                  - Agreement Enables Zimmer to Offer its Customers a
                             Differentiated VCF System

Zimmer Holdings, Inc [http://www.zimmer.com ]. (NYSE: ZMH; SIX: ZMH), a global leader in musculoskeletal care, and Benvenue Medical, Inc [http://www.benvenuemedical.com ]., a U.S.-based developer of minimally invasive solutions for spine repair, today announced at the 2011 EuroSpine meeting that the companies have entered into a multi-year exclusive agreement for Zimmer Spine to distribute Benvenue Medical's flagship product, the Kiva VCF Treatment System. The Kiva System provides an innovative approach to the treatment of painful vertebral compression fractures (VCFs).

The Kiva VCF Treatment System received CE Mark Approval in 2008 and has been used to treat more than 500 VCFs globally. The Kiva System delivers a percutaneously-introduced, cylindrical PEEK-OPTIMA(R) implant to stabilize and provide structural support to the vertebral body and serve as a conduit for bone cement placement.

"The Kiva System represents Zimmer Spine's first VCF product offering for our customers. This differentiated VCF system is a natural extension to our existing product portfolio," said Hubert Piatkowski, Vice President, Zimmer Spine.

Zimmer Spine maintains a significant marketing, sales and clinical support presence in the global spine market and will offer its customers the Kiva System as part of a broad and growing product portfolio. The Kiva System will initially be distributed in Germany and Italy with more broad availability throughout EMEA in the near future. The minimally invasive VCF market in the European Union reached $185 Million (euro 135 Million) in 2010. The fast-growing European VCF market currently represents about 25 percent of the global VCF market.

"We are very excited about working exclusively with Zimmer to expand access to the Kiva System outside the U.S.," said Robert Weigle, CEO of Benvenue Medical. "Zimmer Spine has a powerful distribution network and will accelerate sales, training and clinical support for Kiva."

The Kiva System is also being evaluated versus balloon kyphoplasty in vertebral compression fractures in the KAST (Kiva(R) System as a Vertebral Augmentation Treatment - A Safety and Effectiveness Trial) at three sites in Europe, including one in France and two in Germany. The KAST is the largest randomized study versus balloon kyphoplasty to date, and it is an IDE study being conducted in support of a future 510(k) market clearance application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

About Zimmer Spine

Zimmer Spine develops, produces and markets the highest quality spine products and services that repair, replace and regenerate spine health. Zimmer Spine works directly with surgeons to share best practices, facilitate surgeon-to-surgeon training and to provide continuous access to relevant information, all to improve patient outcomes. With continual technological advancement, Zimmer constructs superior fusion and non-fusion spine systems, instrumentation systems, cervical plates, allograft bone filler and Trabecular Metal(TM) Technology. We use our resources to advance industry evolution, and our products and procedures exceed doctor and patient expectations. Through the hands of skilled surgeons, Zimmer enhances patient quality of life. Visit us at http://www.zimmer.com.

About Benvenue Medical, Inc.

Founded in 2004, Benvenue Medical, Inc. is advancing spine repair through the development of proprietary, minimally invasive surgical and interventional solutions. The company is privately held and funded by Versant Ventures, DeNovo Ventures, Domain Associates and Technology Partners. Its first products are designed for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures and degenerative disc disease, which have combined $1.6 billion revenues globally. For more information, visit http://www.benvenuemedical.com.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that MetraTech, now part of Ericsson, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society- a world leader in communications infrastructure, software and services. Some 40% of the world’s mobile traffic runs through networks Ericsson has supplied, serving more than 2.5 billion subscribers.
The 5th International DevOps Summit, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo – being held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the...
As cloud gives an opportunity to businesses to buy services externally – how is cloud impacting your customers? In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Fabio Gori, Director of Worldwide Cloud Marketing at Cisco, provided answers to big questions: Do you see hybrid cloud as where the world is going? What benefits does it bring? And how does Cisco connect all of these clouds? He also discussed Intercloud and Cisco’s investment on it.
17th Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises a...
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding bu...
Over the years, a variety of methodologies have emerged in order to overcome the challenges related to project constraints. The successful use of each methodology seems highly context-dependent. However, communication seems to be the common denominator of the many challenges that project management methodologies intend to resolve. In this respect, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be viewed as powerful tools for managing projects. Few research papers have focused on the way...
As the world moves from DevOps to NoOps, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. However, applications have been architected with a much tighter coupling than it needs to be which makes deployment in different environments and migration between them harder. The microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, Netflix and so on is at the heart of CloudFoundry – a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS...
In high-production environments where release cycles are measured in hours or minutes — not days or weeks — there's little room for mistakes and no room for confusion. Everyone has to understand what's happening, in real time, and have the means to do whatever is necessary to keep applications up and running optimally. DevOps is a high-stakes world, but done well, it delivers the agility and performance to significantly impact business competitiveness.
There is no question that the cloud is where businesses want to host data. Until recently hypervisor virtualization was the most widely used method in cloud computing. Recently virtual containers have been gaining in popularity, and for good reason. In the debate between virtual machines and containers, the latter have been seen as the new kid on the block – and like other emerging technology have had some initial shortcomings. However, the container space has evolved drastically since coming on...
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover ...
Enterprises are fast realizing the importance of integrating SaaS/Cloud applications, API and on-premises data and processes, to unleash hidden value. This webinar explores how managers can use a Microservice-centric approach to aggressively tackle the unexpected new integration challenges posed by proliferation of cloud, mobile, social and big data projects. Industry analyst and SOA expert Jason Bloomberg will strip away the hype from microservices, and clearly identify their advantages and d...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading in...
The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential. The DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo – to be held June 3-5, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City – will expand the DevOps community, enable a wide...
In her General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing, at Verizon Enterprise, focused on finding the right mix of renting vs. buying Oracle capacity to scale to meet business demands, and offer validated Oracle database TCO models for Oracle development and testing environments. Anne Plese is a marketing and technology enthusiast/realist with over 19+ years in high tech. At Verizon Enterprise, she focuses on driving growth for the Verizon Cloud platfo...
How does one bridge the gap between traditional enterprise storage infrastructures and the private, hybrid, and public cloud? In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Dan Pollack, Chief Architect of Storage Operations at AOL Inc., examed the workload differences and required changes to reuse existing knowledge and components when building and using a cloud infrastructure. He also looked into the operational considerations, tool requirements, and behavioral changes required for private cloud storage s...