Blue Ocean Spine, a Germany-based startup, received an investment from SHS. As an alternative to conventional spinal cages, Blue Ocean implants will permit surgeons to eliminate additional screw connections. Surgeons will also be freed from the need to maintain an inventory of a large number of implant variations in different sizes and dimensions.
This is the second collaboration for SHS and Blue Ocean's founder, Guntmar Eisen, following a successful investment in EIT Emerging Implant Technologies which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson/DePuy Synthes in 2018.
Blue Ocean is now developing functional and adaptable expandable cage systems, some of which require no additional screw fixation at all. The cages are manufactured using 3D printing/additive manufacturing.
Other models from the company's portfolio feature integrated anchors for secure fixation between a patient’s vertebrae in a few steps. In some cases, additional screw connections are rendered obsolete altogether.
Blue Ocean is pursuing application for FDA 510(k0 clearance by 2022.