WARSAW, Ind. and ALACHUA, Fla., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH; SWX: ZMH), a leader in the orthopaedics industry, and Tutogen Medical, Inc., a leading manufacturer of sterile biological implant products made from human (allograft) and animal (xenograft) tissue, today announced the expansion of Tutogen's partnership with Zimmer Dental Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Zimmer Holdings, Inc., into Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Zimmer Dental currently distributes Tutogen grafts in the United States, Canada and Latin America, under the brand name Puros(R). This enhanced distribution agreement includes both human and bovine tissues -- bone and soft tissue grafts -- and provides the dentist with a complete product package for the regenerative procedure.
According to David Dvorak, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zimmer Holdings, Inc., Zimmer Dental's parent company, "We look forward to leveraging the success and experience that we have achieved in the U.S. market with Puros dental products from Tutogen. This is an outstanding international market opportunity for Zimmer Dental as it enables us to continue to define ourselves as an innovator in advanced materials and in state-of-the-art oral rehabilitation technologies."
Guy Mayer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tutogen Medical, commented, "Our dental products have demonstrated superior clinical results in the U.S. market. We look forward to extending our relationship with Zimmer Dental in globalizing this fast growing product portfolio. Working together we have a demonstrated track record of success in developing the North American market. We believe that joint experience provides a strong foundation to build a significant international business."
The addressable market for Tutogen's dental products is estimated to be approximately $300 million annually, with the U.S. representing approximately one-half of the total.
According to the companies, the Puros family of bone grafting products offers an effective and predictable clinical outcome for patients requiring bony enhancement of the mandible and maxilla in a timely manner. All Puros products feature easy handling, quick hydration, five-year shelf life and room temperature storage.
Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer is the worldwide #1 pure-play orthopaedic leader in designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing reconstructive and spinal implants, trauma and related orthopaedic surgical products. Zimmer has operations in more than 24 countries around the world and sells products in more than 100 countries. Zimmer's 2006 sales were approximately $3.5 billion. Zimmer is supported by the efforts of more than 7,000 employees worldwide.
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About Zimmer Dental Inc.
Zimmer Dental is a global leader in the oral rehabilitation market with a mission to improve the lives of patients through continuous product development and leadership in education. Zimmer Dental offers one of the most comprehensive dental implant product lines available, including the Tapered Screw-Vent(R) Implant System and Puros Allograft family, and provides professionals access to premier education and training resources such as The Zimmer Institute(TM).
About Tutogen Medical, Inc.
Tutogen Medical, Inc. manufactures sterile biological implant products made from human (allograft) and animal (xenograft) tissue. Tutogen utilizes its proprietary Tutoplast Process(R) of tissue preservation and viral inactivation to manufacture and deliver sterile bio-implants used in spinal/trauma, urology, dental, ophthalmology, and general surgery procedures. Tutogen's Tutoplast(R) products are sold and distributed worldwide by Zimmer Spine and Zimmer Dental, subsidiaries of Zimmer Holdings, Inc., Davol Inc. subsidiary of C.R. Bard Inc., the Mentor Corporation (Mentor), Coloplast Corp., IOP, Inc. and through independent distributors internationally. For more information, visit Tutogen's web site at http://www.tutogen.com .
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