Nvision Biomedical Technologies First to Launch Devices with Structural Encoding®

Nvision Biomedical Technologies, a San Antonio-based medical device and biologics manufacturer, is the first company to launch devices with Structural Encoding® technology developed by Watershed Idea Foundry.  

Structural Encoding is the industry’s most innovative solution for medical device identification with permanent direct part marking. The technology was launched by Watershed in June at the Unique Device Identification (UDI) Conference in Baltimore. Manufacturers can license the technology for use in their medical devices to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation around permanent marking of the device itself.

“Structural Encoding incorporates a method that embeds data within any device in a way that is read through medical imaging,” said Watershed CEO Nick Cordaro. “Just imagine the impact this can make for patients, surgeons, and hospitals to have complete knowledge of an implant merely by taking an X-ray – no more tracking down long-lost paperwork to determine origin or history of an implant.”

Nvision has initially launched three devices in the nv line with Structural Encoding. nv is an anterior cervical interbody fusion system; nv is a posterior lumbar interbody fusion system; and nv is an anterior lumbar interbody fusion system. The devices have FDA clearance and are ready for implant.

“When we looked at solutions for UDI compliance in the marketplace, Structural Encoding was by far the most advanced,” said Tom Zink, Nvision Director of Engineering. “Not only is it the best solution for the patient long-term, it requires the least adjustment for the hospital and surgical teams. For a manufacturer like Nvision, Structural Encoding is also one of the quickest solutions to market with minimal design changes or new FDA approvals.”

About Nvision Biomedical Technologies

Nvision is a San Antonio-based medical device and biologics manufacturing company focused on providing surgeons implants that are paired with instrumentation and biologics to simplify and improve surgery procedures that help patients get back to their quality of life.

Nvision is committed to developing and manufacturing thoughtfully designed products combined with exceptional service that keep the patients, surgeons, healthcare providers and distribution partners in mind. Nvision is aligned with surgeon thought leaders, key researchers, and development engineers from prestigious institutions to design, test, and bring to market the most innovative concepts.

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