Zimmer Holdings, Inc. has announced its acquisition of Synvasive Technology, Inc. The company believes the acquisition will enhance Zimmer’s product portfolio through the addition of Synvasive’s STABLECUT® surgical saw blades, as well as the eLIBRA® Dynamic Knee Balancing System™ for soft tissue balancing. What’s interesting to the European clinician is that acquisitions like this are likely to increase access to these technologies, Synvasive’s European presence to date, at least its online presence, looking decidedly non existent.
Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer designs, develops, manufactures and markets orthopaedic reconstructive, spinal and trauma devices, dental implants, and related surgical products. Zimmer has operations in more than 25 countries around the world, sells products in more than 100 countries and employs more than 8,000 people worldwide. The company’s 2010 sales were approximately $4.2 billion.
In the surgical resection market, Synvasive has long been recognized as a leader in surgical cutting tools with its STABLECUT® blades. Synvasive’s eLIBRA® Dynamic Knee Balancing System™ is the premiere soft-tissue balancing solution in the industry. This offering provides patient specific soft-tissue balancing during knee replacement surgery, establishing the optimal position of the femoral implant to enable a less-invasive surgical approach as well as excellent stability, range of motion and patella tracking.
“Zimmer is committed to developing the industry’s most innovative range of technologies to support personalized therapies, from improved surgical power equipment to patient specific instrumentation and other intelligent tools that support optimal surgical outcomes,” said Jeff McCaulley, President, Zimmer Reconstructive. “The acquisition of Synvasive Technology further strengthens our surgical resection and advanced instrumentation offerings.”