SpineSource, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, Missouri, USA. SpineSource has a consistent history of introducing disruptive innovation within the United States: primarily expandable cages used for intervertebral spinal fusions and vertebral body replacement. These expandable cages have benefited surgeons, hospitals and most importantly, patients with spinal disorders because they provide a more atraumatic surgical technique, as well optimal sizing and positioning.
After 15 years of being an exclusive U.S. Distributor for innovative European spinal implant technologies, SpineSource announced it acquired the L-Varlock® Expandable Lumbar Cage and other technology from Kisco International (France). SpineSource had exclusively distributed L-Varlock® in the United States for six years (2008-2012 and 2015-2018) prior to acquiring it. The L-Varlock® is the flagship product of SpineSource, providing an expandable cage that can gain up to 24° and 7 mm of expansion. That is why it is nicknamed the 24/7 Expandable Cage.
SpineSource is a privately-held and family-owned Corporation. It was founded by gaining the exclusive U.S. distribution rights to the Ulrich1 VBR (Germany). The titanium Ulrich VBR (Vertebral Body Replacement) was the first non-ratcheted expandable VBR in the United States. It was the genesis of a new category of expandable devices from competitors worldwide. Today, the expandable VBR is a standard of care for patients requiring vertebral body replacement, mostly as a result of spinal trauma or tumors requiring surgical intervention.
In January 2006, SpineSource sold its Ulrich business unit to Ulrich resulting in the foundation of Ulrich’s U.S. subsidiary through SpineSource. Today, both companies are completely divested from one another and based just one mile apart in Chesterfield, Missouri.
In 2008, SpineSource gained the exclusive distribution rights to an innovative family of interbody fusion cages made of polyether ether ketone—more commonly known as PEEK. These devices were manufactured by Advanced Medical Technologies-AMT (Germany). The WAVE® Expandable Cage and LOOP® Articulating TLIF were the first expandable and articulating PEEK interbody fusion devices in the United States. In 2012, SpineSource agreed to sell its U.S. business unit to AMT, clearing the ability for a full acquisition by Medtronic, Inc.
The Mission of SpineSource is to provide the highest level of quality products and service based upon clinical expertise and ethics while delivering safe technology which promotes the well-being of patients with spinal disorders.
1 Ulrich® is a registered trademark of Ulrich® and Ulrich Medical USA®.
² WAVE® and LOOP® are registered trademarks of Medtronic, Inc.