New product innovation award for PEEKplus


Based on its recent analysis of the North America spinal fusion device performance enhancers market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Vallum with the 2018 North America New Product Innovation Award for its interbody spinal fusion device, PEEKplus.

“To enable bioactivity and initiate the osseointegration process, the surface of the interbody device must be hydrophilic; however, unaltered PEEK is hydrophobic by nature. Vallum addressed this issue by altering the PEEK material at the nano-scale to make it hydrophilic without any coating or chemicals or creating porosity,” said Sowmya Rajagopalan, global programme director at Frost & Sullivan.

Vallum’s approach of nanotexturing technology can be applied to any fully manufactured PEEK interbody device without altering its design or size or affecting its mechanical or chemical properties. In addition, the ANAB process is cost effective to apply because it does not require additional materials and in minutes can convert any preexisting PEEK interbody fusion device into a PEEKplus device.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that develops an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognises the product’s value-added features/benefits and the increased return on investment (ROI) it provides to customers, which, in turn, raises customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.


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