Santa Clara, CA, March 20, 2012 – Benvenue Medical, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive
solutions for spine repair, announced that it has actively started enrolling patients in the Luna
Interbody System for Fusion Trial (LIFT). Eleven (11) patients have already enrolled at two sites
(Bonn and Zwickau) in Germany. LIFT is a European post-market, multi-center, prospective, nonrandomized
single-arm study aimed at collecting clinical data on the effectiveness of the Luna
Interbody Spacer System in spinal fusion procedures for degenerative disc disease, and it
received CE Mark approval in 2010. Ultimately the trial will include 100 spine patients at eight
sites in Germany, Belgium, Italy and the UK.
Dr. Alphonse Lubansu, M.D., at Hopital Erasme in Bruxelles, Belgium, the principal investigator
for the LIFT study said, “I’m very pleased with the continued progress we’re making in the LIFT
study. The Luna Interbody Spacer System shows the potential to reduce the invasiveness of
spinal fusion procedures. I’m hopeful that the final results will support this initial experience.”
After the completion of enrollment in the LIFT study, the Luna Interbody Spacer System will be
commercially available in the EU. Currently this device is not available in the United States. The
company intends to submit a 510(k) in the US later this year.
The Luna Interbody Spacer System is designed to address the implant challenges for a true
minimally invasive approach to spinal fusion by providing spine surgeons more flexibility in
implantation. The System features a small profile designed to expand in-situ within the disc
space while allowing the surgeon to customize the contour of the implant to suit individual patient
anatomy and surgical preferences. This system incorporates Benvenue Medical’s proprietary,
flexible PEEK-Optima® implant technology. It is indicated for spinal fusion procedures in
skeletally mature patients with symptomatic degenerative disc disease (DDD) at one or two
contiguous levels from L1-S1.
Lumbar interbody fusion is the predominant procedure for the treatment of DDD. The global
market for interbody spacer implants was over $1.1 billion from more than 350,000 procedures in
2010. Currently, only a small percentage of patients benefit from minimally invasive fusion due to
limitations of the existing technologies.
“The Luna Interbody Spacer System represents the realization of the next generation, more
minimally invasive approach in spinal fusion procedures for treating DDD,” said Robert Weigle,
CEO of Benvenue Medical. “Luna is also an important expansion of our spine product portfolio in
Europe beyond our current offering for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures.”
Benvenue Medical is entering a $9 billion global spine device market with three breakthrough
minimally invasive products to treat vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) and DDD.
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 revenues of $1.6 billion globally. For more
information, visit www.benvenuemedical.com.