Since founding LDR in 2000, Christophe Lavigne, President and CEO, has grown the spine startup from its roots in Troyes, France to a public company with a presence in nearly 30 countries.
Lavigne and LDR founders Hervé Dinville and Patrick Richard each bring more than two decades of experience in the spine market. They’ve applied that knowledge to launch innovative devices and surgical approaches that have allowed the company to experience year-over-year growth of 24 percent from 2013 to 2014, a percentage that remains steady in 2015.
BONEZONE interviewed Mr. Lavigne about the company’s growth and his predictions for the future spine market.
BONEZONE: What can industry expect from LDR in the upcoming year or two?
Lavigne: LDR will continue to focus on the Mobi-C® Cervical Disc. Approved by FDA in August 2013, Mobi-C remains the only cervical disc in the U.S. approved for use at both one and two levels. Within LDR’s exclusive cervical technology portfolio, Mobi-C sales are strong.
On the lumbar side, we do not believe the future of degenerative spine fusion surgery will rely on pedicle screw fixation. We view pedicle screws as the last fixation option most appropriate for advanced pathology, significant deformity or revision.
Our vision for the evolution of front and back, or 360° lumbar spine fusion surgery, is to combine a stable interbody construct with a posterior MIS approach that avoids pedicle screws and rods. This can maximize the opportunity for clinical success while preserving the pedicles for more aggressive intervention that might be necessary in the future. One way to think about this approach is what we are now calling Minimal Implant Volume Surgery, or MIVo™ Surgery.