Minne Ties Agile MMF by Summit Medical Wins 2018 Medical Design Excellence Award

Summit Medical, an Innovia Medical Company, today announced that Minne
Ties Agile MMF — an innovative approach to achieving
maxilla-mandibular fixation — has been selected as the Silver Winner in
the “ER and OR Tools, Equipment, and Supplies” category of the 20th
Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards, the premier awards program for
the medtech industry. The 2018 winning products were recently announced
at the MDEA Ceremony held in June in New York City in conjunction with
MD&M East — the East Coast’s largest advanced design and manufacturing
event.

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Minne Ties medical grade sutures securely hold the jaw in a closed position with less discomfort than metal wires to the patient and can be applied without the worry of wire stick risks to the surgeon. (Photo: Business Wire)

Redefining the Industry Standard for MMFMinne Ties Agile
MMF has been disrupting the cranio-maxillofacial space since May 2017
upon being cleared by the FDA. Unlike other systems on the market, Minne
Ties is a non-invasive solution that provides a steady force and secure
bite to allow for closed reduction fracture management or stabilization
for internal fixation. The first-of-its-kind, non-invasive product was
developed in partnership with Dr. Alan Johnson and the University of
Minnesota’s Medical Device Center Innovation Program to be a safe,
simple and efficient solution for use in jaw fracture management.

The Minne Ties suture design resembles a zip tie — one end featuring a
smooth clasp head and the other a stainless steel blunt tip introducer —
which minimizes the risks of wire sticks to the surgeon and decreases
patient discomfort. The medical grade, self-locking ties are applied
through the interdental space to provide a secure bite, achieving MMF.
Minne Ties are quick and easy to apply and can be applied in the
operating room or in a doctor’s office, allowing for more freedom and
potential savings for healthcare facilities.

This short
video demonstrates how the innovative design of the Minne Ties
offers an industry-disrupting solution:

For decades, jaw fractures were treated with the same standard
procedures that involved arch bars and wires. In more recent years,
hybrid systems were introduced that use wire and screws. These
treatments cause severe pain and injury to patients’ mouths and gums.
Combining his facial trauma surgical training and engineering
background, Dr. Johnson wanted a better solution, “I detested the long,
clumsy process of wiring a person’s jaw, but despised the process of
taking them off of patients in the clinic even more,” said Dr. Johnson.
“Patients suffer, and I felt responsible for not having a better
solution.”

Hospitals adapting the new Minne Ties Agile MMF include the UCLA Medical
Center, UC Davis Medical Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, Indiana
University Hospital, University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical
Center, Kansas University Medical Center, Geisinger Medical Center,
Greenville Memorial Hospital, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Mercy
Hospital and more.

The MDEAs
are the medical technology industry’s premier design competition
committed to searching for the world’s highest caliber finished medical
devices, products, systems, or packaging available on the market. The
awards program celebrates the achievements of the medical device
manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes —
engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians — who are responsible
for the cutting-edge products that are saving lives; improving patient
healthcare; and transforming medtech—one innovation at a time.

“Being recognized by the MDEA judges among the other winners is an
indescribable feeling,” said Kevin McIntosh, President of Summit
Medical. “The impact of Minne Ties Agile MMF on the industry increases
with each day. Being able to take a front row seat to seeing how it is
disrupting the market and transforming surgeon and patient experiences
is second to none.”

The 2018
MDEA Juror Panel selected 42 exceptional finalists in nine medical
technology product categories. Products were judged based on design and
engineering innovation; function and user-related innovation; patient
benefits; business benefits; and overall benefit to the healthcare
system. Unlike other design competitions that are merely styling
contests, the MDEA jury is comprised of a balance of practicing doctors,
nurses, and technicians alongside industrial designers, engineers,
manufacturers, and human factors experts.

About
Summit Medical,
an Innovia Medical CompanySummit Medical — an
Innovia Medical Company headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota — is a
medical device manufacturer that has been serving the global healthcare
community for over 30 years. The company is dedicated to staying on top
of industry demands and developing the solutions to meet them throughout
all the stages of design, engineering and manufacturing. The company
specializes in various medical devices such as ENT
products, plastic
and cosmetic surgery products, ophthalmic
products, jaw fixation products under the Minne
Ties® brand, and instrument protection trays and care and
maintenance products under the InstruSafe® brand.
For more information about Summit Medical, visit www.summitmedicalusa.com.

About
Medical Design Excellence AwardsThe MDEA program is
presented by UBM’s Advanced Manufacturing portfolio, the leading B-to-B
event producer, publisher, and digital media business for the world’s $3
trillion advanced, technology-based manufacturing industry, and by Medical
Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), the industry’s
central source for late breaking news, information, and business
intelligence. For more information about the Medical Design Excellence
Awards—including additional details about the manufacturers and
suppliers that created the 2017 MDEA-winning products—visit the MDEA
website at www.MDEAwards.com
or e-mail: mdea@ubm.com.

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