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 News Release - March 3, 2008

K2M Launches ALEUTIAN(TM) AN (Anatomically Narrow) and Anterior - Lumbar Spacer Systems

Launch Completes a Full Breadth of Anatomically Designed Spacers for Complex Spinal Procedures

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 successful evaluation and launch of the ALEUTIAN AN (Anatomically Narrow) and the ALEUTIAN Anterior - Lumbar Spacer Systems. The ALEUTIAN family incorporates a full array of Spacer Systems, which include the Anterior - Lumbar, Small - Anterior, Posterior - Lumbar 10 x 22, Posterior - Lumbar 10 x 26, Posterior - Lumbar 10 x 27 and AN (Anatomically Narrow).

The launch completes a comprehensive K2M offering of biocompatible and anatomically designed implants. The ALEUTIAN products are designed to facilitate multiple surgical applications in the thoracolumbar spine including the treatment of trauma, tumor, and fractures. This launch is supported by over 2,000 surgeries utilizing the ALEUTIAN family of Spacer Systems.

ALEUTIAN incorporates a full range of anatomically designed spacers to address varying surgical approaches and different parts of the spine. ALEUTIAN features a durable and biocompatible material called PEEK-OPTIMA; the radiolucent feature of which has the potential to increase visualization of the graft and allow for more accurate fusion assessment and placement. In addition, the elastic modulus more closely matches that of cortical bone for load sharing, with the potential to minimize stress shielding. The bulleted nose allows for easier insertion and distraction; and the self-retaining teeth can potentially help post operative stabilization of the implant. The family of ALEUTIAN Spacer Systems is available with a complete offering of additional preparation and insertion instruments, including the innovative ALEUTIAN Adjustable Inserter, which easily articulates as the implant advances into the spine during surgery. This unique instrument increases the potential for a shorter, more simplified surgery.

We are pleased to launch the final two components of the ALEUTIAN family of Spacer Systems. This marks another important step in our development of a complete portfolio of unique, next generation products, stated Eric Major, K2Ms President and CEO. We continue to focus on the complex spine segment of the market and strive to be the leading provider of innovative products for treating the most difficult clinical challenges facing surgeons in the operating theater.

The ALEUTIAN Spacer System provides a complete product offering which combines the unique PEEK implant designs with special instruments that allow surgeons many options during surgery, stated Paul Brisson, MD, Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. This system includes innovative instrument designs allowing for both minimally invasive and traditional open surgical approaches, providing extensive versatility in one product.

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 K2Ms commitment to redefining the market. K2Ms industry expertise derives from their unprecedented Board of Scientific Advisors consisting of renowned spine surgeons. K2Ms 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

Source: K2M

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