How Revolutionary Technology for the Minimally Invasive Spinal Tool Market Made Its Transition to the Aerospace Industry
While attending the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)’s July’s AirVenture Convention in Oshkosh, WI, Mike Reader, President of Precision Plus met with Harold Hess, M.D., a neurosurgeon, also CEO and Co-Founder of Enduralock, an exhibitor at the convention.
Mike Reader was impressed of how Enduralock transitioned to this industry. Here is a recap:
Enduralock is a leader in vibration resistant technology for the aerospace industry, featuring a portfolio of innovative fastener technologies: Radial Lock Fastener, Axial Ratcheting Fastener and Radial Ratcheting Fastener, fasteners that are permanently locking, fully reversible, and reusable.
This technology, however, was not originally designed for the aerospace industry, but for lateral MIS lumbar fusion, allowing for minimally invasive tools to treat cervical conditions of the spine, as well as fractures, fusion and osteotomies of the extremities. Dr. Harold Hess co-founded Spinal Simplicity, LLC in 2008, along with Todd Moseley, an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in orthopedics.
Spinal Simplicity has a sophisticated intellectual property portfolio covering the unique devices and instrumentation designed by our team. The extensive pathway that protects the innovative designs created by Spinal Simplicity is forging new territory in the spinal and orthopedic markets.
The company has successfully been awarded over 20 patents in the U.S. and on a global basis, with more than 35 patent applications pending.
“Out of the box thinking” led Dr. Hess and his children to consider the application of their innovation to other industries, where vibration could be detrimental if fasteners loosened up. The aerospace industry was a logical choice, and so Enduralock was launched in 2013 to serve that industry.
Precision Plus gives a shout out to Dr. Hess and his associates for innovative thinking and subsequent repurposing of a proven solution.