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 News Release - October 16, 2017

NuVasive Receives Expanded FDA 510(k) Clearance For TLX Interbody System Used In TLIF Procedures

New clearance for TLX™ system includes indications for use with allogeneic bone graft and in additional levels of the spine; Technology to be showcased at NASS 2017

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), a leading medical device company focused on transforming spine surgery with minimally disruptive, procedurally-integrated solutions, today announced an expanded U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the Company's TLX interbody system, used in the leading spinal fusion surgery. New clearance introduces an expandable 20 degree cage and broader indications for use, including use with allogeneic bone graft and use in additional levels of the spine.

The TLX interbody system is a market-leading solution that is inserted through a conventional transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) approach. NuVasive developed a minimally invasive approach for the TLIF procedure, the MAS® TLIF or Maximum Access Surgery (MAS) TLIF. Designed to be used with a minimally invasive spine surgery approach, TLX implants can be placed seamlessly into the disc space due to their low profile, bulleted design. A proprietary inserter allows the surgeon to insert, expand and rapidly post pack the implant through the same instrument, optimizing surgical efficiency. The TLX interbody system provides restoration of sagittal alignment with customizable degrees of lordosis and was designed to induce lordosis in an anatomical fashion, unique to what is currently on the market.

Prior to the expanded 510(k) clearance, TLX interbodies were available in 15 degree lordotic options and were only indicated for use with allograft. The recent clearance includes a 20 degree expandable interbody, and additional indications for use with allogeneic bone graft comprised of cancellous and/or corticocancellous bone graft to facilitate fusion. The new indications also include use in the thoracic spine and at the thoracolumbar junction for treatment of disc degeneration disease or degenerative spondylolisthesis at one or two adjacent levels. Use of the TLX interbody system as an adjunct to fusion in patients diagnosed with multilevel degenerative scoliosis was also cleared. The TLX system's size offerings provide multiple options for varying patient size and anatomic considerations.

"With the additional clearance for our latest TLX system, we now provide the leading tools for TLIF procedures with our MAS TLIF solution, validating our commitment to improving spine solutions," said Matt Link, executive vice president of strategy, technology and corporate development of NuVasive. "This clearance highlights our persistant investment in transforming spine outcomes by developing spine's leading procedures, materials, expandables, systems and services."

The TLX interbody system, coupled with the Company's Integrated Global Alignment® (iGA) suite of software that allows surgeons to calculate, correct and confirm a patient's pathology, has the ability to improve TLIF procedures overall. The software can calculate alignment parameters with the preoperative planning tools NuvaLine® and NuvaMap® and can intraoperatively correct using real-time intraoperative assessment with NuvaMap O.R. software. Surgeons can then confirm the restoration and preservation of global sagittal alignment postoperatively.

"The procedurally-integrated TLIF platform from NuVasive has allowed me to become much more efficient in my TLIF procedures," said William Hunter, MD, neurosurgeon at The Spine Clinic at Neuroscience and Spine Center of the Carolinas. "The platform also allows me to confirm restoration of my patients' lordosis intra-operatively using NuvaMap O.R. These tools have made my procedures more predictable, providing optimal treatment for my patients."

NuVasive will showcase its market-leading, procedurally-integrated technologies, including the new TLX interbody system in NuVasive Booth #713 at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting held October 25-28, 2017 in Orlando, Fla.

About NuVasive

NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA) is transforming spine surgery and beyond with minimally invasive, procedurally-integrated solutions designed to deliver reproducible and clinically-proven surgical outcomes. The Company's portfolio includes access instruments, implantable hardware, biologics, software systems for surgical planning, navigation and imaging solutions, magnetically adjustable implant systems for spine and orthopedics, and intraoperative monitoring service offerings. With $962 million in revenues (2016), NuVasive has an approximate 2,300 person workforce in more than 40 countries serving surgeons, hospitals and patients. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

NuVasive cautions you that statements included in this news release that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which, if they do not materialize or prove correct, could cause NuVasive's results to differ materially from historical results or those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties which contribute to the uncertain nature of these statements include, among others, risks associated with acceptance of the Company's surgical products and procedures by spine surgeons, development and acceptance of new products or product enhancements, clinical and statistical verification of the benefits achieved via the use of NuVasive's products (including the iGA™ platform), the Company's ability to effectually manage inventory as it continues to release new products, its ability to recruit and retain management and key personnel, and the other risks and uncertainties described in NuVasive's news releases and periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NuVasive's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available at NuVasive assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which it was made.

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