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 News Release - June 26, 2007

K2M Announces the RANGE(TM) Spinal System for Complex Spine Cases

Advanced Spinal Technologies Company Focuses on Innovations for Treating the Complex Spine

LEESBURG, Va.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--K2M, Inc., the spinal device company developing innovative and simplified solutions for the treatment of complex spinal pathologies and procedures, today announced the launch of its new RANGE(TM) Spinal System. This comprehensive system combines the newest versions of the MESA(TM) and DENALI(TM) Spinal Systems and includes innovative new instruments designed to enhance the surgeon's ability to address complex spinal pathologies such as scoliosis, which is a deforming or abnormal curvature of the spine.

The treatment of scoliosis and other complex pathologies present inherent challenges. With these challenges in mind, and after receiving positive feedback from complex deformity evaluation surgeries that were performed using both MESA and DENALI Spinal Systems, K2M combined the best features of each system to create the RANGE Spinal System. The result is a comprehensive system that addresses complex disorders including deformity, trauma, tumor and complex degenerative diseases by combining best in class solutions and methodologies.

The RANGE Spinal System is an innovative system designed to provide surgeons with the ability to make an array of inter-operative decisions for spinal correction based on both the patient's pathology and the innovative instruments and implants the system offers. RANGE includes the next generation low profile MESA locking technology, as well as the comprehensive DENALI set screw based system that enables surgeons to address both upper and lower back surgeries. Newer instruments were also added to the combination to make treating complex pathologies a faster, easier and more efficient process when addressing pediatric, adolescent and adult patients.

Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY said, "As a long time user of spine instrumentation, MESA presents a new paradigm of a low profile and no torque closure mechanism to reduce the number of steps in surgery." Dr. John Williams, of Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN adds, "DENALI is a reliable, state-of-the-art, top-loading, polyaxial spinal fixation system that separates itself from the field of competing systems through superior instruments designed to make surgeons more accurate and efficient. For example, the 'Praying Mantis' is a novel tool that functions as a rod reducer, a set screw applicator, and a final tightener/counter-torque device. This unique instrument combines three separate steps in a single tool, reducing complexity and saving time."

"K2M is very excited to introduce the RANGE Spinal System. This marks our official entry into the complex spine deformity market and demonstrates our commitment to provide the most innovative products for surgeons," stated Eric Major, K2M's President and CEO. "Our ultimate goal is to help patients receive the quality care that they deserve, and by focusing on complex spine innovations, we are able to devote more attention to developing a range of products that surgeons may utilize to better address the most complex needs of their patients."

About K2M

K2M, Inc. is an innovative spinal device company that develops simplified solutions for the treatment of complex spinal pathologies and procedures. Chief Medical Officer, Chairman and co-founder, Dr. John Kostuik, former Chief of Spine Surgery at John Hopkins Medical Center, drives K2M's commitment to redefining the market. K2M's industry expertise derives from their unprecedented Board of Scientific Advisors consisting of renowned spine surgeons. K2M's comprehensive line of products include: stabilization systems, minimally invasive systems, motion preservation systems and other advancements in spine solutions. Additional information is available online at www.K2M.com.


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