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 News Release - July 10, 2006

US Spine Announces Successful FDA Clearance for the Facet Fixation System

BOCA RATON, Fla.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--July 10, 2006--US Spine, an emerging leader in the development of innovative technologies for the treatment of human spinal disorders, is pleased to announce 510(k) clearance of the Facet Fixation System by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The Facet Fixation System is a less-invasive alternative to pedicle screws as a means of creating a posterior tension band to support an Interbody fusion. The system consists of the Facet Gun, a disposable, pistol-like instrument, and the Facet Bolt, a three-piece implant that consists of a Facet Screw, a variable angle washer, and a locking nut.

Doris Blake, President of US Spine, said, "This is a significant milestone for our company. It's always exciting to witness the evolution of an idea, all the way through to a real product." Dr. Mark Falahee, the inventor of the Facet Fixation System, added, "The Facet Gun makes traditional spinal fusion much easier. The gun allows simple, reliable targeting and placement, by simply pulling the triggers. And the implant is more than just a Facet Screw, it's a bolt. Bolts are inherently stronger and more rigid, which is perfect for this application."

The company is positioning the Facet Fixation System as an alternative to pedicle screw fixation for one and two-level spine fusions, an estimated $600 million segment in the multi-billion dollar spinal implant market. US Spine plans to release the device in 3Q06, at the North American Spine Society annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.

US Spine

About U.S. Spinal Technologies, LLC d/b/a US Spine: US Spine is a privately funded company developing innovative spinal products in collaboration with leading surgeons and scientists. Founder Doris Blake, U.S. Spinal Technologies' President, started the Boca Raton Company in 2004 with the vision of "Advancing the Science of Spine" as it relates to the treatment of degenerative spinal disease.

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