Amedica Corporation (NASDAQ:AMDA) provided a business update related to its business strategy and certain recent developments. Briefly, the updates relate to the following items:

  • New patent directed to a threaded design in ceramic implants;
  • Participation at the annual International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty; and
  • Update related to completion of the company’s strategic workforce reduction.

Amedica Awarded Key Patent Protection for Threaded Implant Design Feature

Amedica was recently awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for “threading sinterable materials,” such as silicon nitride and other ceramic materials. U.S. Patent No. 9,399,309, covers methods for threading ceramic materials used for spinal fusion implants, or other biomedical implants. Threading technology is broadly applicable in a wide range of current medical devices made from PEEK or titanium, and this patent is the first for ceramic materials. Amedica’s ability to manufacture threaded biomedical implants made of silicon nitride and other ceramic materials reflects nearly five years of pioneering work by its R&D and engineering teams.

Amedica has implemented this new technology across its portfolio of Valeo® II spinal fusion devices. These fusion devices are made of micro-composite silicon nitride, which favors bone ingrowth and shows antibacterial properties, when compared to competitive PEEK and titanium implants. Valeo II silicon nitride interbody fusion devices are readily imaged on x-rays, CT, and MRI scans; a property unique to Amedica’s silicon nitride technology.

Amedica to Present Research Supporting Silicon Nitride at ISTA

Amedica announced that it will be presenting four papers at the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty’s (ISTA) 29th Annual Congress occurring October 5-8, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. “These papers provide further evidence for the advantages of our proprietary silicon nitride composition in the spine, dental, and arthroplasty markets,” said Dr. Sonny Bal, Chairman and CEO of Amedica Corporation. “Our strength in manufacturing, research, and external collaborations is critical to creating long-term value, even as we reduce costs and address spine sales,” added Dr. Bal

Going Forward Following Strategic Reductions in Workforce

The company also confirmed that the previously-announced work force reduction has been completed, resulting in a leaner and more agile organization that is better positioned to extend its cash runway and execute on its strategic objectives.

Dr. B. Sonny Bal, chairman and chief executive officer of Amedica, stated, “despite the recent 38% reduction in force, the company continues to be in a strong position to timely and efficiently manufacture its silicon nitride products, further scientific research into the properties of our silicon nitride ceramic and how to enhance those properties, and to continue to support its external partnerships and product development opportunities.” (Original Source)

Shares of Amedica Corp. closed yesterday at $0.82, down $0.10 or -10.38%. AMDA has a 1-year high of $5.33 and a 1-year low of $0.60. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $0.93 and its 200-day moving average is $1.20.

Amedica Corp. operates as a commercial biomaterial company that focuses on using its silicon nitride technology platform to develop, manufacture and sell a broad range of medical devices. It currently markets spinal fusion products and are developing products for use in total hip and knee joint replacements. The company market a complementary line of non-silicon nitride spinal fusion products which allows it to provide surgeons and hospitals with a broader range of products. These products include three lines of spinal fusion devices and five types of orthobiologics, which are used by surgeons to help promote bone growth and fusion in spinal fusion procedures.