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Orthofix International Acquires InSWing(TM) Interspinous Process Spacer
Date:10/2/2007

Technology acquisition announced at the opening of Eurospine conference in

Brussels

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orthofix International N.V. (Nasdaq: OFIX) (the Company) today announced it has acquired the rights to all of the intellectual property related to the InSWing(TM) interspinous process spacer.

InSWing is designed to alleviate the leg and back pain suffered by individuals with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). The innovative device can be used in a minimally invasive surgical procedure involving minimal or local anesthesia, significantly less blood loss and a shorter rehabilitation period than alternative surgical procedures.

"Our acquisition of the innovative InSWing technology is an important addition to the broad array of products in our spine portfolio. It underscores the Company's continuing commitment to make new minimally invasive devices available to surgeons and advance the treatment of spine conditions for patients around the world," said Orthofix CEO, Alan Milinazzo. "Our initial focus will be to make InSWing available to various international markets that we believe offer the most opportunities for this advanced technology."

InSWing is designed to be placed between the spinous processes of the lumbar spine using a unique unilateral approach. It is secured through the deployment of an innovative double-wing structure resulting in the widening of the spinal canal and decompression of the spinal nerve that was causing the patient's leg and back pain.

InSWing was developed by a team at LFC Sp. Zo.o. that included Dr. Marek Szpalski M.D., Dr. Robert Gunzburg M.D., Ph. D. and Dr. Lechoslaw F. Ciupik, Ph.D., a bioengineer
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