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Pioneer(R) Surgical Technology's NuBac(R) Nucleus Replacement Device Wins FDA Approval for IDE Pivotal Study
Date:10/30/2008

the affected spine segment. Nucleus Replacement procedures are commonly less invasive, more tissue preserving, and less bridge-burning than TDR surgery. Reducing the risk of having to perform revision surgery in the future would benefit a much broader population than TDR including patients, surgeons, hospitals, and payers.

Pioneer's signature, articulating P3(TM) Technology- Pioneer PEEK-on-PEEK- is the heart of the NuBac design. The company's other P3 motion preservation products are the NuNec(TM) artificial cervical disc and the BacJac(TM) interspinous decompression system. All three products are currently available in Europe under CE mark and provide patients and surgeons with the most technologically advanced designs in the industry.

Earlier this year, Pioneer announced significant findings on the effect of accelerated aging on the wear of PEEK (Poly-ether-ether-ketone). The study, conducted in collaboration with RUSH University in Chicago, determined that wear properties of PEEK-on-PEEK are not susceptible to the effects of accelerated aging. The study bolsters support for the long term durability of the company's P3 designs.

About Pioneer Surgical Technology

Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc., headquartered in Marquette, Michigan, is a dynamic medical device firm with a full line of cutting-edge motion preservation devices, either available commercially in Europe or under clinical evaluation in the U.S. Pioneer's signature articulating P3(TM) Technology - Pioneer PEEK-on-PEEK, in its NuBac(TM) disc arthroplasty system, BacJac(TM) interspinous decompression system, and NuNec(TM) artificial cervical disc, is the most technologically advanced in the industry. Currently, Pioneer offers a diverse portfolio of next generation spinal fusion devices. Pioneer's focus on innovation has resulted in over 100 U.S. and Foreign patents with numerous patents pending. The company established a Biologics Division following two acquisitions in 2007. P
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