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Press release: VGI Medical Announces FDA Clearance of the VerteLP® Lateral Lumbar Cage System


VGI Medical, LLC, a privately held medical device company offering innovative spinal implants, announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration to market the VerteLP Lateral Lumber Cage System. VerteLP represents the latest of lateral lumbar fusion, featuring enhanced bi-cortical plating technology to facilitate simplified cage insertion, and integrated fixation all through a direct, minimally invasive approach. Tov Vestgaarden, Ph.D., President and CEO of VGI Medical, comments, “We are thrilled to strengthen our portfolio of innovative products by introducing the first lateral lumbar cage with integrated in-line plating that achieves bi-cortical fixation. The state-of-the-art VerteLP lateral cage represents the latest in spinal fixation technology and advances the technology to the next level.” A surgeon panel led by Dr. David Greenwald, M.D., F.A.C.S. in St. Augustine, Florida, was instrumental in consulting with the design and surgical procedure, and shares the company’s enthusiasm about the product. The VerteLP cage and integrated plating are delivered in the plane of the disc through a minimally invasive direct lateral approach, so that the implantation may be achieved with less exposure than may be required of other lateral systems with integrated screws that must be inserted at divergent angles, or integrated lateral plates. The system features thoughtfully designed instrumentation including an inserter that delivers the implant and deploys the plating with simple maneuvers. VerteLP is compatible with the direct lateral trans-psoatic approach common in the United States. VGI Medical, LLC was founded in 2007 by Tov Vestgaarden, Ph.D in St. Petersburg, FL. VGI Medical, LLC has experienced rapid growth through portfolio expansion in innovative markets. VGI Medical develops unique spine devices and instrumentation designed to support good clinical outcomes while making procedures easier to perform.”


VGI Medical, LLC (aka VG Innovations) Announces the Establishment of a National Sales Management Team

St. Petersburg, Florida January 21, 2014

Mitch Hollifield, General Manager for VGI Medical, LLC, an innovative company focused on spinal device design and development, and the makers of the VerteLoc® and SIJoin™, announced the hire of two Area Sales Directors as part of the National expansion plan.

Hollifield, over the last several months, has focused on establishing the sales team needed to support the growth of the current product portfolio as well as that expected from the upcoming new product releases. Steve Allegaert joined the team as the Area Sales Director-West, focusing on expanding sales and distribution for the Western United States including Hawaii and Alaska. Allegaert joins VGI with an extensive medical device background having over 15 years in the orthopedic and neurosurgery market. Allegaert has experience with early stage companies as well as established device companies. His sales management background, along with his past experience as a distributor, will help VGI to expand upon their existing distribution network in the Western United States. "This is an exciting time to be joining the management team at VGI Medical. The technology is unique and the team's vision and experience will be help guide VGI's expansion in 2014. I look forward to leading the efforts throughout the Western U.S. and working alongside this talented group."

Jon Nolan joined the team in December 2013 as the Area Sales Director-East, focusing on sales and distribution for the Eastern United States. Nolan served as an Officer in the United States Army and brings over 14 years of Medical Device - Biotechnology and leadership experience to VGI. Nolan brings a diverse background with experience in both public and private companies, direct and distributor models, as well as knowledge in the government and DoD sector. “VGI has some truly unique and innovative products – both current and pipeline. I’m excited to be working with such a talented group of people who combined have over 50 years of Medical Device experience. I look forward to being a part of VGI’s early stages and building my team from the ground up while supporting both our national and global goals.”

Both Allegaert and Nolan come to VGI with successful sales history’s and backgrounds in the spine market as well as long term surgeon, distributor and hospital relationships within the Neurosurgery and Orthopedic markets, making them well suited to expand the field education and sales distribution for VGI’s spinal devices. Hollifield looks forward to the continued success and growth of VGI Medical, LLC with the added support and strength of his new and expanding management team.

Tov Vestgaarden, Ph.D., President and Chief Technical Officer, is pleased with the direction Hollifield is taking the company and with the development of the new Management Team. “VGI focuses on developing niche products to satisfy patient and surgeon needs for the treatment of spinal disorders. With plans to release multiple products in 2014, the new management team will have an important role assisting with the future growth of this organization. I am looking forward to the mutual success for all.”

About VGI Medical, LLC:

VGI Medical, LLC, a privately held company, is an innovative medical device company formed in May of 2007. The company is focused on using its industry knowledge and creative thinking to develop and commercialize advanced, high performance implants and procedures, with a specific focus on less invasive surgical products that provide better surgical solutions over existing technology and overcome the limitations of currently available implants – superior products to treat specific spinal disease indications that affect millions of people. Additional information on the company and its products can be found at


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