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Disc Dynamics spinal nucleus replacement

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Firm announces Aug. 2 approval to commence a clinical study of its Dascor disc arthroplasty system. Dascor is a minimally invasive nucleus replacement device intended for patients with disc degeneration not yet severe enough to warrant total disc replacement. Data from the trial, scheduled to begin during the third quarter, will support a premarket approval application for the device. The firm received a CE mark for Dascor in July 2005. Disc Dynamics is vying with NuVasive (NeoDisc), Cryolife (BioDisc) and Raymedica (PDN-Solo) to market the first spinal nucleus replacement system in the U.S. (1"The Gray Sheet" Sept. 5, 2005, p. 5)...

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