Healthcare Industry News:  joint replacement 

Devices Orthopaedic

 News Release - January 31, 2008

Wright Medical Group, Inc. Launches BIOFOAM(TM) Cancellous Titanium Tibial Base for Total Knee Replacement

New Bone-Like Titanium Offers "Fixation With Bite"

ARLINGTON, Tenn.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Wright Medical Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WMGI ) today announced a limited launch of the BIOFOAM™ Cancellous Titanium Tibial Base. The latest addition to Wright’s ADVANCE® Knee Systems, the BIOFOAM™ Tibial Base features a proprietary bone-like titanium with a roughened texture that “bites” into bone for cementless fixation of the implant. BIOFOAM™ Titanium also features a trabecular structure intended to mimic bone and contribute to bone in-growth.

Cementless fixation is a growing trend in knee reconstruction due to younger patients resulting from active lifestyles and increased body weight. It is theorized that cementless knees may have longer survivorship than cemented designs. One of the most important requirements to achieving solid bone in-growth in a cementless knee is immediate, rigid fixation of the implant to the bone. The rough surface of BIOFOAM™ Titanium is designed to “bite” into bone and enhance fixation. It also features a trabecular structure intended to mimic bone and contribute to in-growth.

Commenting on his surgical experiences with Wright’s BIOFOAM™ Titanium advanced surface material, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of the joint replacement Center at the Medical College of Georgia, R. Scott Corpe, M.D. stated, “I believe there is quicker in-growth into the BIOFOAM™ base [than in-growth into an HA-coated base]. Combine the BIOFOAM™ [base] with the ease and accuracy of putting this knee in with the ODYSSEY® instruments, and the ADVANCE® knee is a great product with superb intraoperative flexibility capable of handling 99% of primary knee demands.”

Mike Carroll, Senior Director of Wright’s Implant Technology Group noted, “Wright Medical has established itself as a market leader in innovative products and is committed to remaining at the forefront of orthopaedic advancements like cementless fixation. Like the ADVANCE STATURE™ femoral components, BIOFOAM™ Titanium delivers tailored options designed to meet the needs of practically any patient.”

Wright’s initial introduction of the BIOFOAM™ Titanium Tibial Base will occur through a targeted market launch, with availability of the product expanding as 2008 progresses.

About Wright

Wright Medical Group, Inc. is a global orthopaedic device company specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of reconstructive joint devices and biologics. The Company has been in business for over 50 years and markets its products in over 60 countries worldwide. For more information about Wright Medical, visit our website at www.wmt.com.

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Source: Wright Medical Group

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