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Sep8 Blue Belt Technologies Announces Support for Smith & Nephew’s ZUK knee on the Navio Surgical System

Minneapolis, MN. (September 8th, 2015) - Blue Belt Technologies, a medical device company specializing in advanced technology solutions for orthopedic surgery, announces commercial support for Smith & Nephew’s ZUK unicompartmental (uni) knee on Blue Belt’s Navio robotics-assisted system.


The ZUK is a clinically established uni knee replacement introduced globally in 2004.


“Smith & Nephew’s ZUK uni implant is a market leader with a clinically proven record,” said Eric Timko, President and CEO of Blue Belt Technologies. “It makes an excellent addition to Navio’s supported implant platform and provides Smith & Nephew’s ZUK users with a robotics-assisted option that does not require a compromise on implant preference.”


“We believe this is an excellent time to leverage our partnership with Blue Belt Technologies,” said Lauralan Grison, Vice President, Knee Reconstruction, at Smith & Nephew. “Healthcare providers, particularly the fast-growing Ambulatory Surgery Center segment, are seeking affordable, advanced surgical solutions for their orthopaedic care, and introducing this robotics-assisted technology for the ZUK knee further sets us apart in the industry.”


The Navio system represents the latest in robotics-assisted techniques for partial knee replacement procedures. Through CT-free navigation and handheld robotics, Navio enables the surgeon to create a surgical plan based on patient anatomy, and brings a high degree of implant placement accuracy. The Navio systems open implant software supports 8 different knee systems to provide access to robotics-assistance for a wide surgical audience.


Blue Belt Technologies, Inc.


Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. is developing the next generation of smart surgical instruments for initial use in orthopedic procedures. The Company’s Navio® Surgical System incorporates patented technology to provide precise control to surgeons via an intelligent, handheld, computer-assisted, bone-cutting tool. The Navio system provides robotic assistance to the surgeon while performing bone-shaping tasks through minimally invasive incisions. The Company’s STRIDE™ Unicondylar Knee system provides implant features optimized for use with Navio.



CONTACT: Adam Simone at asimone@bluebelttech.com, or at +1 763-452-4917