MD&M 2010 Presentation: Pioneering CFR-PEEK for Spinal Cages

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    • Christianson, B. Pioneering CFRP. Presented at the 2010 MD&M Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, October 12, 2010.
    • Keywords:
    • PEEK, CFR-PEEK, PEKEKK, CFR-PEKEKK, spine, fusion, cage
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The Brantigan Lumbar I/F Cage was the first implantable orthopedic device of CFR-PEEK approved by the FDA for human use. The preclinical biocompatibility and bench testing will be described and a brief overview of the IDE clinical data that led to the PMA approval will be presented.


Bill Christianson, Worldwide Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and External Relations, DePuy Spine

Bill started his career in Spine joining AcroMed in June 1990. He held positions of increasing responsibility in regulatory affairs, clinical affairs, and quality assurance. After AcroMed's acquisition by DePuy in 1998, and DePuy's subsequent acquisition by Johnson & Johnson, Bill contined to oversee regulatory and clinical affairs; later reimbursement, surgeon contracting and external relations came under his purview. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in human physiology and a Master of Business Administration degree and currently resides in Duxbury, MA.