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InVivo Therapeutics: Supplemental info about Cambridge company developing spinal implant

Posted by Scott Kirsner  September 26, 2010 08:00 AM

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Today's Globe column focuses on InVivo Therapeutics, a Cambridge start-up developing an implantable device they hope will help spinal injury victims do better at recovering function after an accident. The technology is licensed from MIT and Childrens Hospital Boston, and the company hopes to go public soon through a reverse-merger transaction.

- Worth watching is Reynolds' talk from TedxBoston in July:

- Worth reading is this Inc. Magazine article from March of this year, "What Makes Frank Run."

- Here's the lawsuit Reynolds filed in 1994, two years after he had spinal fusion surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital (on December 14, 1992). It does not mention a car accident or subsequent paralysis. Reynolds eventually won a $750,000 judgment against one of the orthopedic surgeons who performed the surgery.

- A 1994 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about spinal fusion surgery, "used widely to repair back problems," mentions Reynolds. It includes this passage:


    Frank Reynolds...was injured while loading a truck on the job in December 1991. Before undergoing surgery that involved a spinal fusion with pedicle screws at Pennsylvania Hospital in December 1992, Reynolds said he was told by his surgeon that ''you'll be back at work in six weeks. . . . He said I will play tennis, basketball and golf at full speed."

- Asked about that article and the 1994 lawsuit, Reynolds replied in an e-mail, "The facts you sent me are wrong," and by phone told me that he was working as a psychotherapist at the time of his car accident.

- InVivo filed suit against an Oregon research lab last year that was conducting primate research for the company; that suit has since been settled. Reynolds is still in the midst of a legal tussle with the University of Pennsylvania over a Master's program he attended there. At issue is whether participants in the Executive Master's in Technology Management program, co-sponsored by Penn's engineering school and Wharton School of business, ought to be considered graduates of the Wharton School. Reynolds has won two jury verdicts.

"That's got to be over," Reynolds says, but an attorney for the university tells me his client plans to appeal.

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