Johnson & Johnson acquires metal AM implant manufacturer Emerging Implant Technologies

September 14, 2018

Johnson & Johnson acquires metal AM implant manufacturer Emerging Implant Technologies

EIT’s spinal implants have an open and interconnected porous structure designed to encourage osseointegration (Courtesy Emerging Implant Technologies GmbH)


Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, through its subsidiary Johnson & Johnson Medical GmbH,  Norderstedt, Germany, has acquired Emerging Implant Technologies GmbH (EIT), Wurmlingen, Germany, a privately held company which produces titanium interbody implants for spinal fusion surgery by metal Additive Manufacturing.

The range of products which Johnson & Johnson acquires in the transaction use EIT’s proprietary advanced cellular titanium, which consists of an open and interconnected porous structure designed to encourage osseointegration or ‘bone ingrowth’ into the implant. Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies stated that it will leverage its global commercial infrastructure to bring EIT’s technologies to patients internationally.

The acquisition is also expected to allow DePuy Synthes, the orthopaedics business of Johnson & Johnson, to enhance its interbody implant portfolio, which already includes expandable interbody devices and titanium-integrated PEEK technology, for both minimally invasive and open spinal surgery. The EIT technology will complements DePuy Synthes’ investment in the interbody implant segment in spine.

“Our goal is to offer a complete portfolio of interbody solutions that provides surgeons with even more options for the treatment of their patients,” stated Aldo Denti, Company Group Chairman of DePuy Synthes. “We are excited to welcome the skilled team at EIT, and together we aspire to bring to market technologies that allow surgeons to perform spinal fusion procedures reliably and with consistent outcomes.”

DePuy Synthes stated that this acquisition underscores its commitment to building an innovative portfolio of spine solutions to improve the standard of care for patients. Moving forward, it will continue to focus on the spinal diseases with the most potential for surgeons and their patients – degenerative disc disease, deformity and complex cervical – and introduce technologies in the fastest-growing segments within these disease states; specifically, interbody implants, enabling technologies, minimally invasive spine, and biomaterials.

Download the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Our latest issue is now available to view online or download in PDF format.

As well as an extensive AM industry news section, this 164-page issue includes articles and reports on:

  • Binder Jet metal Additive Manufacturing: Process chain considerations when moving towards series production
  • Simple and standardised X-ray CT testing in metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Formnext 2018: The global AM industry addresses ‘the bigger picture’ for true industrialisation
  • Formnext 2018: International forum reviews standards for Additive Manufacturing
  • Formnext 2018: How the growth of metal AM is driving changes to the metal powder landscape
  • How residual stress can cause major build failures, and what you can do to prevent it
  • Arcast: Applying advanced melting and atomisation expertise to the production of a new generation of metal powders
  • Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace: Highlights from the AMA 2018 international conference in Bremen
  • Euro PM2018: The influence of powder characteristics on processability in metal Additive Manufacturing
  • > More information

Latest news


    Sign up to our e-newsletter, sent weekly to AM professionals and end-users around the world. We'll also let you know each time a new issue of Metal AM magazine is available.

    Discover our magazine archive…

    The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:
    • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
    • Articles on technology and application trends
    • Information on materials developments
    • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
    • International industry news
    All past issues are available to download in PDF format, in either single page format or as double-page “spreads” for viewing on large monitors. All downloads are free of charge. Go to archive...

    Connect with us

    Visit our social media channels and sign up to our e-newsletter