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Implex Plans To Develop Spine Fusion Cage With Hedrocel Material

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Implex intends to explore spinal applications for the Hedrocel tantalum cellular biomaterial after reacquiring the rights from orthopedic device manufacturer Sofamor Danek.

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