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 News Release - February 21, 2007

SpineVision(R) Establishes Wholly Owned Subsidiary in the UK

Raymond Thomasen, former executive with Wright Medical, Stryker and Smith & Nephew, will serve as Managing Director of SpineVision's direct sales operation headquartered near London

PARIS and SAN FRANCISCO--(HSMN NewsFeed)--SpineVision® announced today that it has established a wholly owned direct sales subsidiary near London, effective immediately. The operation is led by Raymond Thomasen, who was previously Vice President Europe, MEA, for Wright Medical Technology for three years, making the UK territory Wright's highest growth market for two of those years. Prior to Wright Medical, Mr. Thomasen held various positions during eight years with Stryker in the Middle East, Africa and the United Kingdom, and was twice honored as "European Sales Manager of the Year." Mr. Thomasen began his medical devices career in 1986 with C. R. Bard, moving to 3M and then Smith & Nephew in 1989, where he held several positions during his five-year tenure.

"Ray Thomasen is a very experienced and successful sales-and-marketing executive with significant experience in the device market in general and in the UK territory in particular," said Julian Mackenzie, SpineVision's CEO. "We expect Ray to ramp-up quickly and hire at least 10 direct sales representatives or agents in the near term to begin calling on neurosurgeons and spine surgeons throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Ray's group will be looking for opportunities related to distributing other companies' products, if they are complementary. We believe that our PediGuard(TM) product, which has blockbuster potential, will open a lot of doors right off for Ray and his team."

SpineVision sells its motion preservation and fusion products directly in France, the United States, Italy and Belgium, and utilizes highly qualified distributors in 10 other countries, which include Egypt, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Turkey. SpineVision expects to add additional market coverage in 2007 in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Singapore, and in Japan in 2008.

The address for SpineVision's UK operation is: Regus House, Herons Way, Chester Business Park, Chester CH4 9QR ENGLAND. Phone: +44 (0)1244 893208. Fax: +44 (0)1244 893310.

About SpineVision

SpineVision (www.spinevision.com) is exclusively focused on bringing innovative motion preservation and fusion devices to spine specialists around the world.


Source: SpineVision

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