DePuy partners with Materialise for 3D printing of titanium skull & face implants |

DePuy partners with Materialise for 3D printing of titanium skull & face implants

depuy-synthes-materialise-1x1-300x300Johnson & Johnson gets in on 3D printing with Materialise deal for titanium skull & face implants (MassDevice)

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Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) said this week that it inked a deal with 3D printing shop Materialise for titanium craniofacial implants customized to individual patients’ anatomies.

Leuven, Belgium-based Materialise will print the Trumatch line of implants for J&J’s DePuy Synthes business, for treating patients with disorders of the face and skull. The companies have worked together on craniofacial technology  for 6 years, Johnson & Johnson said.

“The Trumatch CMF solutions portfolio includes several advanced technologies for facial reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, distraction, and cranial reconstruction,” DePuy Synthes EMEA VP Elmar Zurbriggen said in prepared remarks. “The agreement with Materialise will enable us to continue to bring more personalized solutions to the marketplace furthering our ability to improve patient care.”

Materialise creates the implants using a computed tomography scan of the patient’s skull. The Trumatch line is slated to hit the market in Australia and Europe, J&J said.

“The launch of Trumatch orthognathic and titanium 3D-printed implants is currently being rolled out in the EMEA countries,” Zurbriggen said.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.