Company Overview

Simplify™ Medical is a San Francisco Bay Area-based medical device company focused on the design, development and clinical testing of the most advanced cervical artificial disc for use in the spine.

Simplify Medical manufactures Simplify™ Disc, a non-metallic, motion preserving cervical artificial disc designed to permit the full diagnostic imaging capability of MRI and eliminate the need for CT/Myelogram and CT imaging.

Simplify Disc is composed of advanced materials, allowing for advanced imaging capability, superb kinematics and provides movement and function similar to that of intact natural discs.

Management Team

David Hovda | President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hovda has nearly 20 years of experience in the medical device industry. Prior to joining Simplify Medical, he served as Vice President and Managing Director of the Spine and ENT divisions of ArthroCare, where he was responsible for the commercialization of numerous products and two business units. He also worked at Medtronic in corporate development and the corporate ventures group. Mr. Hovda served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and completed two tours of duty. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.S. from Northwestern University. He is an inventor on over thirty medical device patents.

Bryan Barr | Senior Director, Operations

Mr. Barr has 20 years of experience in quality assurance, operations and research and development. Prior to joining Simplify Medical, he served in a variety of management positions for ArthroCare, Parallax Medical, and Norian. Mr. Barr also served as a materials scientist for Parallax Medical and Norian. He holds 17 patents and received his M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from UCLA.

Yves Arramon, Ph.D. | Director, Research & Development

Dr. Arramon has 10 years of experience designing spinal implants, vertebral compression fracture systems, and minimally invasive devices. He is a published author in the field of bone mechanics and bone remodeling. Prior to joining Simplify Medical, he served as Director, Product Development at Calcitec and Senior R&D Engineer at ArthroCare, and R&D engineer at Parallax Medical. Dr. Arramon holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the City University of New York and has 25 patents pending and 10 issued in his name.

Mark Alvis, DVM | Director, Quality Assurance

Dr. Alvis has nearly 20 years of experience in the preclinical assessment of medical devices and pharmaceutical agents. Prior to joining Simplify Medical, he served as General Manager of Angiotech Biomaterials, where he was responsible for all business activities at their Palo Alto, CA facility. He also worked at NeuColl Inc. in the capacity of Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. Alvis holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University.

Investors

M.H. Carnegie & Co. is a venture capital, private equity and alternative asset manager based in Sydney, Australia. Its funds manage direct investments on behalf of institutions, wholesale and high net worth investors with $350 million in committed capital across several funds. For more information, visit the company’s website »

LSP is one of Europe’s largest and most experienced healthcare investment firms with over 25 years of nurturing and growing healthcare investment opportunities with the potential to have a positive impact on society. LSP has offices in Amsterdam, Munich and Boston. For more information, visit the company’s website »

Sectoral Asset Management is a healthcare specialist managing public and private equity portfolios. Sectoral has one of the world’s longest track records in managing biotech equities and is a sub-advisor of numerous healthcare and biotech funds offered by partners in Europe, North America, and Asia. For more information, visit the company’s website »

Patents

    1. 9,421,107*    Anatomy accommodating prosthetic intervertebral disc with lower height
    2. 9,402,745     Intervertebral prosthesis placement instrument
    3. 9,351,846     Posterior prosthetic intervertebral disc
    4. 9,220,603    Limited motion prosthetic intervertebral disc
    5. 9,107,762*   Intervertebral prosthetic disc with metallic core
    6. 9,034,038    Motion limiting insert for an artificial intervertebral disc
    7. 9,011,544     Polyaryletherketone artificial intervertebral disc
    8. 8,974,533*   Prosthetic disc for intervertebral insertion
    9. 8,974,531     Methods and apparatus for intervertebral disc prosthesis insertion
    10. 8,845,730     Posterior prosthetic intervertebral disc
    11. 8,845,729*   Prosthetic disc for intervertebral insertion
    12. 8,808,384*   Anatomy accommodating prosthetic intervertebral disc with lower height
    13. 8,801,792     Posterior spinal device and method
    14. 8,771,356      Intervertebral prosthetic disc
    15. 8,764,833*   Artificial intervertebral disc with lower height
    16. 8,758,441      Vertebral body replacement and method for spanning a space formed upon removal of a vertebral body
    17. 8,734,519      Posterior spinal device and method
    18. 8,685,035     Intervertebral prosthesis placement instrument
    19. 8,636,805     Artificial intervertebral disc placement system
    20. 8,506,631     Customized intervertebral prosthetic disc with shock absorption
    21. 8,486,147      Posterior spinal device and method
    22. 8,454,698*   Prosthetic disc for intervertebral insertion
    23. 8,444,695*   Prosthetic disc for intervertebral insertion
    24. 8,389,712     Intervertebral prosthetic disc with shock absorption
    25. 8,262,732     Intervertebral prosthesis
    26. 8,206,449     Artificial intervertebral disc placement system
    27. 8,206,447     Methods and apparatus for intervertebral prosthesis insertion
    28. 8,092,538     Intervertebral prosthetic disc
    29. 8,090,428    Spinal midline indicator
    30. 8,083,797     Intervertebral prosthetic disc with shock absorption
    31. 8,062,371*    Intervertebral prosthetic disc with metallic core
    32. 8,002,834*   Intervertebral prosthetic disc with metallic core
    33. 7,753,956*    Prosthetic disc for intervertebral insertion
    34. 7,731,754      Intervertebral prosthesis
    35. 7,637,913      Spinal midline indicator
    36. 7,585,326*   Methods and apparatus for intervertebral prosthesis insertion
    37. 7,575,599     Intervertebral prosthetic disc with metallic core
    38. 7,531,001     Intervertebral prosthesis
    39. 7,442,211*    Intervertebral prosthetic disc
    40. 9,554,917     Customized intervertebral prosthetic disc with shock absorption
    41. 9,439,775*   Artificial intervertebral disc with lower height
    42. 9,439,774     Intervertebral prosthetic disc

*indicates Simplify Disc patents

Press

2017 Annual Meeting American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS)
AAOS 2017 Annual Meeting – March 14-18, 2017, San Diego, CA

2017 Annual Meeting International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS)
ISASS 2017 Annual Meeting – April 12-14, 2017, Boca Raton, FL

2017 Annual Meeting Eurospine
Eurospine 2017 Annual Meeting – October 11-13, 2017, Dublin, Ireland

2017 Annual Meeting North American Spine Society (NASS)
NASS 2017 Annual Meeting – October 25-28, 2017, Orlando, FL

Distributors

Germany
Paradigm Spine, GmbH
Eisenbahnstrasse 84
D-78573 Wurmlingen
de.paradigmspine.com
Tel: +49 (0) 7461.96 35 99.0