News & Events

Mar 29, 2021

News Release: Invisian Medical Awarded Defense Logistics Agency Contract Worth Up to $7.5 Million for its Minne Ties® Agile MMF Technology

The ECAT (electronic catalogue) contract provides DoD hospitals, VA hospitals, and other federal government customers streamlined and efficient procurement of the Minne Ties Agile MMF product line. We are pleased to provide greater access to Minne Ties for surgeons and other providers delivering care to active duty, dependents, and veterans around the world.

Nov 20. 2019

Prairie Village startup transforms jaw surgery with 'zip ties'

A Prairie Village medical technology startup is transforming jaw-related surgeries through a patent-pending technology that looks — and acts like medical grade Zipties. Invisian Medical holds the worldwide license for Minne Ties technology, a noninvasive solution that holds a patient's teeth in alignment while undergoing jaw surgery.

Jul 1, 2019

Today's Medical Developments: Fixing Jaws

Polyester, polymer ties deliver unique design. Minne Ties non-invasive jaw fixation medical device minimizes patient discomfort, injury risk for surgeons.

Sep 15, 2018

StarTribune: Developed at the U, wiring jaws without the wires

Developed at the U, the jaw-fixation system uses less-invasive zip-ties that can be removed quickly and without surgery.

Jul 10, 2018

Business Wire: Minne Ties® Agile MMF by Summit Medical Wins 2018 Medical Design Excellence Award

The first-of-its-kind, non-invasive and industry-disrupting MMF solution minimizes risk of injury for surgeons and discomfort for patients.

Jun 15, 2017

Legacy: Ties that bind

A device for healing fractured jaws becomes the U of M Innovation Fellows' first product to reach market.

Jun 06, 2017

Twin Cities Business: Jaw Fracture Device Invented at U of M Receives FDA Approval

Kevin McIntosh, president of Summit Medical, the company with licensing rights to the device, called it a “disruptive technology that is redefining the industry.” Read More

Jun 05, 2017

U of M: Summit Medical gains FDA clearance on U of M-developed jaw fracture device

Summit Medical, Inc., in partnership with the University of Minnesota, introduces an innovative, FDA Cleared, jaw fracture device to treat MMF.

December 18, 2020

Case Report: Minne Ties for MMF in Bilateral TMJ Replacement Surgery

Jenzer, AC, et al Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, USA, recently published a case report to share their experience with dental occlusion ties in a single patient case where bilateral TMJ replacement surgery was performed.  The authors' conclusion about their experience with Minne Ties: "This technique was fast, easy, and produced an excellent result by providing MMF when needed and post-operatively maintaining the same occlusion."

Nov 12, 2019

Invisian Medical Receives Innovative Technology Contract from Vizient for Minne Ties® Agile MMF

Invisian Medical today announced its Minne Ties® Agile MMF product line—a patent pending technology for jaw fixation related to fractures and other jaw surgeries—has received a 2019 Innovative Technology contract from Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. The contract offers Vizient's members enhanced savings on the purchase of Minne Ties.

Jan 31, 2019

Minnesota Medical Association Magazine: Idea to marketable device

Dr. Alan Johnson, inventor of Minne Ties, is profiled in the Minnesota Medical Association magazine and tells his story from idea to development to FDA cleared medical device.

Sep 04, 2018

Becker's ASC Review: New innovations in non-invasive jaw fixation: Q&A with Dr. Alan Johnson

Inventor Dr. Alan W. Johnson answers questions about the benefits of Minne Ties.

Jun 12, 2018

GlobeNewswire: The 20th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards Recognize Leading Organizations in The Medical Technology Industry

30 Winners Announced, Recognizing Their Unprecedented Work and Innovative Inventions Read More

Jun 30, 2017

Altru Health System: Altru’s Alan W. Johnson, MD, MS, Invents Jaw Fracture Device

Altru Health System features its own Dr. Alan W. Johnson and his journey to inventing his medical device, Minne Ties. Read More

Jun 06, 2017

Becker's Dental Review: FDA clears Summit Medical's non-invasive jaw fracture device- 7 takeaways

As part of the top 20 stories of the day on June 6, 2017 by Becker's Dental Review, Minne Ties was featured by summarizing the takeaways of the product launch.

Jun 05, 2017

Inquiry: Innovation Fellows Medical Device First to Reach Market

A look into the history of the newly introduced jaw fracture device, Minne Ties, and how Dr. Johnson developed the technology behind it all. Read More

Apr 01, 2020

Potential for Dental Occlusion Ties (Minne Ties® Agile MMF) in the COVID-19 Era

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created new challenges for maintaining health care workers safety and efficient resource utilization related to head and neck surgeries. A number of recent publications have underscored these new risks and challenges, offering recommendations and best practices.

Nov 12, 2019

News Release: Invisian Medical Receives Innovative Technology Contract from Vizient for Minne Ties® Agile MMF

Designation recognizes products that bring improvements to the health care industry Invisian Medical awarded Innovative Technology group purchasing contract by Vizient to offer patent- pending Minne Ties fixation technology for jaw fractures and other jaw-related surgeries to its members

Oct 16, 2018

MD+DI: Interrupting the Medtech Status Quo

A simple design that eases use can overcome challenges faced when changing established medical procedures, said a winner of the 2018 Medical Design Excellence Awards.

Aug 06, 2018

Surgical Products: Minne Ties- New Technology Disrupting Jaw Fracture Management

Inventor Dr. Alan W. Johnson writes about how Minne Ties Agile MMF is disrupting the market.

May 01, 2018

Minne Ties® Agile MMF by Summit Medical Named Finalist for Medical Design Excellence Award

Minne Ties Agile MMF by Summit Medical, an Innovia Medical Company, has been announced as a finalist for this year's Medical Design Excellence Award. 

Jun 12, 2017

Business Wire: Summit Medical, Inc. Announces Launch of FDA Cleared Jaw Fracture Device Minne Ties® Agile MMF

Summit Medical, Inc. entered into the cranio-maxillofacial space on Monday, June 5 with the launch of its new, FDA cleared maxilla-mandibular fixation (MMF) device, Minne Ties® Agile MMF. The first-of-its-kind, non-invasive product was developed in partnership with Dr. Alan Johnson and the University of Minnesota to be a safe, simple and efficient option for use in jaw fracture management. 

Jun 05, 2017

StarTribune: Summit Medical licenses technology from UofM medical school

The University of Minnesota and Summit Medical of St. Paul and the University of Minnesota say they have received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin marketing to surgeons and medical clinics a new, non-invasive device to support jaw fracture recovery based on UofM research.

Apr 12, 2017

Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology: Dental occlusion ties: A rapid, safe, and non-invasive maxillo-mandibular fixation technology

For decades, Erich arch bars have been a standard in establishing maxillo-mandibular fixation (MMF). While reliable, the approach risks sharps injury, consumes operating room time, and inflicts gingival trauma. Newer technologies including screw-based techniques and “hybrid” techniques have improved MMF by reducing sharps injuries and operating room time, but risk injury to tooth roots, nerves, and gingiva. This study aims to establish the application, strengths, and limitations of dental occlusion ties as a novel alternative in maxillo-mandibular fixation. Read More