Intramedullary nails are used to fix fractures of the long bones, such as the tibia (shinbone) and femur (thighbone).
The intramedullary nail market size is greater than $1.5billion worldwide and growing annually at 6%.
The combined Apex Tibial and Femoral Nailing systems market segment is $600m.
Like all intramedullary nails, the Apex Nail sits within the hollow space inside the bone. Screws placed above and below the fracture stabilise the bone fragments to allow healing.
Research shows that small axial movements along the length of the bone help speed up healing, while twisting movements slow down healing.
The R&D team behind the Apex Tibial Nailing System published the first-ever proof-of-concept cadaveric dataset showing controlled axial interfragmentary motion in an intramedullary nail. These exciting results led the way for the development of the background technology.