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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.

About Pioneer Surgical Technology

Pioneer(R) Surgical Technology, Inc. is a dynamic medical device firm founded in 1992. Pioneer's focus on innovation has resulted in over 100 U.S. and Foreign patents with numerous patents pending." The company's comprehensive portfolio of CE or investigational motion preservation devices, vertebral spacers, cervical plating systems, and MIS and Mini-Open Rod systems include notable trade names such as NuBac(TM), BacJac(TM), Contact(TM), IJAK(R), Clarity(TM), SlimFuse(TM), and Quantum(R). Pioneer entered the orthobiologics market with two acquisitions in 2007. Encelle(TM), Inc., developed E-Matrix(TM) for tissue regeneration. Angstrom(TM) Medica, Inc. is the first company to obtain FDA approval for a nanotechnology device -- nanOss(TM) -- hydroxyapatite bone void filler. Pioneer's Orthopaedic, Spine, and Biologic divisions produce state of the art, cost-effective solutions for surgical procedures that have proven difficult or problematic for both surgeons and patients. Pioneer employs more than 260 people worldwide.


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