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 News Release - April 25, 2006

Orthovita Expands Management Team with Addition of Christine J. Arasin as Vice President Business Development and Corporate Counsel

MALVERN, Pa.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--April 25, 2006--Orthovita, Inc. (NASDAQ NM:VITA ), a leading developer of orthopedic biomaterials, today announced that Christine J. Arasin joined the company as Vice President Business Development and Corporate Counsel. In this position, Ms. Arasin will lead the ongoing effort to expand Orthovita's collaborations and partnering opportunities and will be responsible for legal matters within the company.

Ms. Arasin was Orthovita's outside counsel from 2000 to 2003 as an associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Most recently, Ms. Arasin served as Corporate Counsel of Burlington Coat Factory where she handled contract negotiations, securities law matters, corporate governance and financing transactions. Ms. Arasin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan Law School. She can be reached at 610-640-1775 or carasin@orthovita.com to initiate biomaterials partnering discussions with Orthovita.

"I am very pleased to have Chris Arasin join our organization," said Antony Koblish, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orthovita. "Chris has a high level of familiarity with Orthovita and a proven track record in bringing complex contract negotiations to successful conclusions. It will be a great asset for Orthovita to have this dedicated and focused resource to help with new partnering and joint collaborations to take advantage of our growing specialized biomaterials sales and marketing platform."

About the Company

Orthovita is a biomaterials company with proprietary technologies for the development and commercialization of synthetic, biologically active, tissue engineering products for orthopedic and neurosurgical applications. Our products are used in the regeneration of bone and soft tissue healing. Our near-term commercial business is based on our internally developed VITOSS® bone graft Substitute technology platforms, which are designed to address the non-structural bone graft market by offering synthetic alternatives to the use of autograft or cadaver-derived bone material to meet a broad range of orthopedic clinical needs in the spine, trauma, joint reconstruction, revision surgery and extremities markets, and VITAGEL(TM) Surgical Hemostat, which is an adherent matrix and an impermeable barrier to blood flow. Our longer-term U.S. clinical development program is focused on our internally developed CORTOSS® Synthetic Cortical Bone technology platform, which is designed for injections in osteoporotic spines to treat vertebral compression fractures. Orthovita works jointly with Kensey Nash Corporation and Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to develop and market synthetic-based biomaterial products, and continues to pursue similar relationships with other companies in biomaterials.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements regarding Orthovita's current expectations of future events that involve risks and uncertainties as listed from time to time in reports we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including but not limited to risks described in our most recently filed Form 10-K. Further information about these and other relevant risks and uncertainties may be found in Orthovita's filings with the SEC, all of which are available from the SEC as well as from Orthovita upon request. Orthovita undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements.


Source: Orthovita

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