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Zimmer Biomet Gets Hip to 3D Imaging with Clinical Graphics Deal

Xconomy Indiana — 

Zimmer Biomet, aiming to improve the way physicians see hip injuries, has acquired 3D-imaging technology startup Clinical Graphics.

Warsaw, IN-based Zimmer Biomet (NYSE: ZBH) disclosed no financial terms for the deal. Clinical Graphics, based in the Netherlands, will join Zimmer Biomet’s hip preservation portfolio, the company said.

Clinical Graphics says its technology is based on eight years of imaging research that started at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Since 2010, it has operated from the technology incubator Yes!Delft in the city of Delft. Clinical Graphics says its online “Move Forward” imaging software converts medical scans into an interactive, 360-degree view of a moving joint that can help physicians make treatment decisions. Zimmer Biomet says the Clinical Graphics technology can help physicians see conditions such as hip impingement, a condition in which the bones of the ball-and-socket joint are not shaped normally, which can limit motion and cause pain; and dysplasia, a misalignment of the joint.

The Clinical Graphics deal continues Zimmer Biomet’s streak of snapping up niche technologies to bolster its musculoskeletal portfolio. A month ago, Zimmer Biomet acquired CD Diagnostics, a Delaware-based company that has developed tests for musculoskeletal conditions. No financial terms were disclosed for that deal either, but the companies have been partners since 2012. Zimmer Biomet already markets a CD Diagnostics test for periprosthetic joint infection, a condition that can occur following joint replacement surgery.

Other Zimmer Biomet deals this year include acquisitions of surgical robot maker Medtech, spine medical device firm LDR Holdings, and sports medicine products company Cayenne Medical.