Inion: Making Orthopedic Implants Fade Away
This Finnish company recently went public with a strategy built on bioabsorbable orthopedic devices with the goal of eventually making them bioactive as well.
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With an eye toward addressing uncertainty as to whether patents that cover drug products’ device components or risk management elements should be listed, the agency seeks input on the need for additional clarity around the types of patents that must be submitted and the impact of any change in listing practices on drug development.