Funding: Ohio's SpineForm lands $1.6M FDA grant

October 22, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

The FDA hands Ohio orthopedics maker SpineForm a $1.6 million grant to pursue treatments for idiopathic scoliosis.

Funding: Ohio's SpineForm lands $1.6M FDA grant

The FDA's Orphan Products Grants Program awarded a $1.6 million grant to Ohio medical device maker SpineForm, according to an agency press release.

SpineForm was the only medical device maker among the 15 grant recipients, with about $13.4 million going mostly to hospital research programs.

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SpineForm's new grant will fund about 4 years' worth of development into the company's HemiBridge System, designed to treat idiopathic scoliosis, the FDA said.

SpineForm is a stealthy company with little, if any, public presence. The device maker is a portfolio company of CincyTech, an investment firm focused on Southwest Ohio startups, according to online documents.

SpineForm's HemiBridge is a spinal implant designed to help correct and straighten spinal deformities in growing children, without the need for a brace or extensive future spinal fusion surgeries, according to CincyTech materials.