Expanding Orthopedics Announces the Launch of an Additional Clinical Study in Germany to Evaluate its XPED Expanding Pedicle Screw System

Expanding Orthopedics Inc., an emerging spinal device company, announced today the initiation of a multi-center post-market study in Germany to evaluate its novel XPED Expanding Pedicle Screw System™

Feb 26, 2013, 05:29 ET from Expanding Orthopedics Inc.

OR AKIVA, Israel, February 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Expanding Orthopedics Inc., a leading company in the area of expanding orthopedics devices, announced today that it has started to enroll patients in Germany for its multi-center post-market study to evaluate the performance and usability of the XPED Expanding Pedicle Screw System[TM]. Up to 50 patients will be enrolled in this multi-center study and will be followed for up to 24 months using pain and quality-of-life questionnaires as well as radiographic assessments. Screw loosening is a frequent complication associated with pedicle screw fixation in weak bone and can lead to a revision surgical treatment. The unique XPED Expanding Pedicle Screw System has been designed to offer improved anchoring of the implant in the vertebral body.

Dr. Klassen, the Principal Investigator of the study and Head of the Spine Surgery and Neuro Traumatology Department at the St. Bonifatius Hospital, Lingen, Germany, said that "the study is designed to gather clinical data using the XPED System across a wide range of patients. These patients typically require enhanced anchoring solutions to obtain sustainable long-term stability of the spine." Dr. Klassen added that "today we are using cement to augment pedicle screw fixation in weak bone but believe that using the XPED will be safer and more efficient to treat our patients." Dr. Klassen concluded "we already enrolled 4 patients and believe to finish enrolling our 20 patients within 6 months. All patients will be followed-up for 24 months."

"We are delighted to begin this study and are excited to have the opportunity to work with the professional and skilled team of Dr. Klassen who has successfully lead major international clinical studies in the past years" said Mr. Ofer Bokobza, CEO of Expanding Orthopedics Inc. who added that "the XPED system, the first product from our expanding device technology platform, is commercially available in Europe and our earliest patients have now reached the two-year follow-up milestone with very encouraging results." Mr. Bokobza noted that "numerous surgeons in Europe have already selected the XPED as their preferred treatment option for treating patients with compromised bone but we expect the positive results of the study to give a strong base for the broad use of the XPED as the standard of care in Europe

About Expanding Orthopedics Inc.

Expanding Orthopedics Inc. is a private, venture backed company whose mission is to develop innovative orthopedic products for unmet needs, improve long-term patients' outcome. EOI owns a broad IP portfolio around expandable devices  delivered through a minimal invasive approach The Company is spearheaded by seasoned management team with proven industry experience, and is backed by prominent spine surgeons from the US and Europe.

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