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In a development that further underscores ways in which medical devices are being personalized for individual patients, DePuy Synthes, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, announced an agreement with Materialise, to offer TRUMATCH® titanium 3D-printed implants for use in facial and skull disorders.

DePuy Synthes has worked with Materialise in the field of personalized solutions for craniofacial surgery since 2010. With the addition of personalized titanium 3D-printed implants, DePuy Synthes is now able to offer for the first time a personalized total solution for orthognathic surgery and other craniofacial indications that seamlessly integrates virtual surgical planning, intraoperative patient specific tools and personalized implants to help surgeons achieve their goals for accuracy and patient outcomes.

"The TRUMATCH CMF Solutions portfolio includes several advanced technologies for facial reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, distraction, and cranial reconstruction,” stated Elmar Zurbriggen, Vice President, DePuy Synthes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “The agreement with Materialise will enable us to continue to bring more personalized solutions to the marketplace furthering our ability to improve patient care.”

The titanium 3D-printed implants are designed based on a CT scan of the patient’s skull and will be part of DePuy Synthes’ TRUMATCH CMF Solutions. “The launch of TRUMATCH orthognathic and titanium 3D-printed implants is currently being rolled out in the EMEA countries," continued Mr. Zurbriggen.

The distribution agreement between the DePuy Synthes’ legal entity Synthes GmbH and Materialise NV (Leuven, Belgium) includes Europe (except France) and Australia. Specific terms of the agreement are not being released.

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