Auctus Surgical — Dynamic Spinal Tethering System
The Auctus Surgical Dynamic Spinal Tethering System uses a tethering procedure to correct scoliotic spine in children.
Vertebral body tethering is a single treatment event that allows continued spine growth, preserves partial motion, doesn’t impact activity and involves little change appearance, according to a company description on the website of the incubator Intuitivex.
Auctus appears to be proposing an improvement to the process in which the tethering system includes a magnetic engine. The magnetic engine can be controlled externally, allowing health providers to adjust the system without having to operate again, according to a slide from Auctus’ slideshow presentation at NCC-PDI’s “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition.
“Auctus Surgical provides a promising concept to eliminate over-correction, a common challenge with today’s current technology. The posterior approach to surgery offers the potential to greatly reduce patient healing time, allowing children to return to an active lifestyle faster than the traditional anterior approach. The product design allows the surgeon to dynamically adjust the tether, based on the patient needs. Perhaps, one of the most compelling features of this product is the allowance of spinal fusion, should the patient condition warrant such a procedure,” Jenell Robinson, MSN, RN, VP of clinical value and provider relations at MedTech Innovator, said.
The company is in the process of raising money, with a goal of achieving a CE marking in two years and preparing an initial European commercialization plan in three years.