Start-Up Previews (07/2007)
A preview of the emerging health care companies profiled in the current, all-profiles issue of Start-Up. This month's profile groups are "Start-Ups in Obesity," "New Technologies for Infertility," and "New Zealand Biotech." Plus these Start-Ups Across Health Care: Intelect Medical, N Spine, and Solace Pharmaceuticals.
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N Spine Inc. is entering the hot dynamic stabilization market with a second-generation pedicle screw system. The company's technology has the unique ability to elongate and compress, enabling patients' spines to flex and extend in a manner close to natural physiologic movement while at the same time stabilizing shear and axial rotation.
Israel's Obecure is investigating the potential of a marketed compound, betahistine, in obesity. It's hoping this repositioning approach will both accelerate timelines and help it overcome growing drug safety hurdles.