Last night we reported that Mansfield, MA-based Innovative Spinal Technologies, a maker of implants to correct degenerative spinal disorders, had gone dark—the company’s website was down and phone calls were going unanswered. A former employee who left the company in December now tells Xconomy that IST shut its doors on Friday, filed for bankruptcy protection, and let the last of its employees go after a planned sale of the seven-year-old startup to another medical device company fell through.
The source identified the potential buyer as Biomet Spine of Parsippany, NJ. IST was “in the process of selling” but Biomet backed out for unknown reasons, the source says. “They had no more options and were out of money,” hence Friday’s closure.
If all this proves right, IST used up almost $75 million in venture and private equity funding before its demise. That funding included a $6.2 million Series A round raised shortly after the company was spun out by the Texas Back Institute in 2002; a $39 million Series B round in 2005, the same year the company moved from Plano, TX, to Mansfield; an $18 million Series C round last September; and a previously undisclosed $10 million venture debt deal.