September 06, 2012 -- aap Implantate AG, (XETRA: AAQ.DE), a global medical device company focused on innovative trauma products and biomaterials for the orthopaedic market, announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the small fragment plating line of its LOQTEQR product family. LOQTEQR is an anatomic, angle-stable orthopaedic trauma plating system that enables lock and compression with a single hole, which enhances ease of use for surgeons. The LOQTEQR system also provides surgeons with variable compression from 0 mm to 2 mm.
Biense Visser, Chief Executive Officer of aap Implantate AG, said, "This first 510(k) clearance for the LOQTEQR system marks a major milestone in international marketing of aap's LOQTEQR trauma portfolio and another step forward in our strategy to focus on our core business and expand outside of Europe. The LOQTEQR system was developed from proprietary locking-compression technology, which is already patented and used in Europe. We anticipate that the rest of the LOQTEQR product family will subsequently receive FDA clearance, providing a substantial enhancement of aap's trauma portfolio in the U.S. We are currently evaluating potential marketing partners and distribution opportunities for LOQTEQR in the U.S. and believe it will be successful based on its innovative features."
The 510(k) cleared small fragment LOQTEQR system consists of a straight plate, a reconstruction plate, a one-third tubular plate and LOQTEQR cortical screws. This 510(k) clearance is one of six clearances anticipated for the LOQTEQR portfolio, with the remaining expected to be granted in the coming weeks.
At present, six LOQTEQR systems (small and large fragments, humerus, femur, proximal lateral and distal medial tibia) are marketed internationally in the CE region. The worldwide launch of an additional eight LOQTEQR systems that are currently under development is planned for financial year 2013.
About aap Implantate AG
aap is a global medical device company headquartered in Berlin, Germany that develops, manufactures and markets innovative biomaterials and implants that are used in orthopedic procedures. The Company's products, which include a full line of plating systems, cannulated screws and bone cement products, are primarily used in the orthopedic specialty areas of trauma and spine repair. The Company's products are sold through its direct sales force, distribution partners and license agreements with OEM partners. aap's stock is listed in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.aap.de.
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