February 2, 2017

Spinal fusion innovator Vertera continues its rapid rise with GRA Ventures' support

A Georgia Tech-launched startup marketing a spinal fusion device is catching the attention of doctors and investors. Vertera — which this month received a Phase III loan from GRA Ventures — has developed a cervical device, COHERE (above), that mimics the physical properties of bone. Made from an engineered biomaterial that is both porous and strong, COHERE is the first device of its kind approved by the FDA. The technology was named one of the “10 best new spine technologies for 2016” by Orthopedics This Week, and company co-founder Allen Chang was also named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" list for 2017. • More on Vertera >Read an interview with CEO Chris Lee >