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Pioneer(R) Surgical Technology Announces First Human Implants of New nanOss(TM)-Cervical Fusion Device
Date:10/16/2008

First Synthetic Nanotechnology Implant Offers Promising Patient Solutions

MARQUETTE, Mich., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc., a leader in innovative medical devices, announced today the successful human implantation of its new biologic inter-body spacer. The nanOss(TM)- Cervical cage is machined from mechanically robust nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite (HA) and is designed to function as bone. The surgeries were performed at hospitals in Beijing and Suzhou, China, on patients indicated for standard cervical fusion surgery using the nanOss(TM)-Cervical implant, bone graft material, and anterior cervical plate.

Dr. Hansen Yuan, Professor of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY performed the surgeries with Chinese surgeons and says, "The nanOss-Cervical cage was handled and implanted similarly to PEEK (poly-ether-ether-ketone) cages, and was used in conjunction with routine rigid fixation. The benefit of nanOss technology to the patient is it is a safe, natural substance and is biocompatible."

Pioneer's nanOss-Cervical cage is intended to facilitate spinal fusion procedures, by simultaneously maintaining decompression and serving as a graft containment device in conjunction with traditional rigid fixation.

Pioneer's CEO and Chairman of the Board, Dr. Matthew N. Songer says, "The hydroxyapatite nanOss-Cervical design is the frontier of the new generation of biologic implants that will replace the foreign materials that are currently used to reconstruct the spine."

In less than a year from acquiring the nanOss technology, Pioneer's development teams have created the nanOss-Cervical cage for fusion procedures. Strength properties of materials made of nanOss technology are twice as strong as PEEK cages yet, being biologic, behave as if it were bone.

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