Minne Ties Agile MMF Wins 2018 Medical Design Excellence Award

Summit Medical, an Innovia Medical Company, has announced that Minne Ties Agile MMF — an innovative approach to achieving maxilla-mandibular fixation — has been selected as the silver winner in the “ER and OR Tools, Equipment, and Supplies” category of the 20th annual Medical Design Excellence Awards, an awards program for the medtech industry. The 2018 winning products were recently announced at the MDEA Ceremony in New York City in conjunction with MD&M East — the East Coast’s largest advanced design and manufacturing event.

“Being recognized by the MDEA judges among the other winners is an indescribable feeling,” said Kevin McIntosh, president of Summit Medical. “The impact of Minne Ties Agile MMF on the industry increases with each day. Being able to take a front row seat to seeing how it is disrupting the market and transforming surgeon and patient experiences is second to none.”

The 2018 MDEA Juror Panel selected 42 exceptional finalists in nine medical technology product categories. Products were judged based on design and engineering innovation; function and user-related innovation; patient benefits; business benefits; and overall benefit to the health care system. The MDEA jury is comprised of a balance of practicing doctors, nurses, technicians, industrial designers, engineers, manufacturers and human factors experts.

Minne Ties Agile MMF cleared by the FDA last year. Unlike other systems on the market, Minne Ties is a non-invasive solution that provides a steady force and secure bite to allow for closed reduction fracture management or stabilization for internal fixation. The non-invasive product was developed in partnership with Dr. Alan Johnson and the University of Minnesota’s Medical Device Center Innovation Program to be a safe, simple and efficient solution for use in jaw fracture management.

The Minne Ties suture design resembles a zip tie – one end featuring a smooth clasp head and the other a stainless steel blunt tip introducer – which minimizes the risks of wire sticks to the surgeon and decreases patient discomfort. The medical grade, self-locking ties are applied through the interdental space to provide a secure bite, achieving MMF. Minne Ties are quick and easy to apply and can be applied in the operating room or in a doctor’s office, allowing for more freedom and potential savings for health care facilities.

Hospitals adapting the new Minne Ties Agile MMF include the UCLA Medical Center, UC Davis Medical Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, Indiana University Hospital, University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical Center, Kansas University Medical Center, Geisinger Medical Center, Greenville Memorial Hospital, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Mercy Hospital and more.