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Amedica® Receives Patents for Innovative Motion-Preserving Total Disc Implant Featuring Silicon Nitride
Date:9/15/2010

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Amedica Corporation, a spinal and orthopaedic implant and instrument company focused on unique silicon nitride (SiN) ceramic technologies, announced today that it has been granted two United States patents for its total disc replacement (TDR) technology that features the use of silicon nitride in the construction of the complete implant.  U.S. Patent No. 7,758,646 B2 and U.S. Patent No. 7,771,481 B2 cover the disc's design and the use of the silicon nitride ceramic materials in its construction.  This is yet another important addition to Amedica's growing patent portfolio for spinal implant applications.

The TDR is created exclusively from silicon nitride, with no other materials – such as plastic or metal – used in the design.  An innovative motion-preserving total disc replacement implant, the TDR is designed to maintain a substantially full range of natural motion following implantation while providing resistance to extreme rotation of the spine.  Its unique construction features a polished bearing surface on one side and a porous bio-in-growth surface on the reverse side for solid endplate attachment.

Designed to be implanted into the inter-vertebral space between adjacent spinal discs or vertebrae, the TDR is used as a prosthetic replacement for one or more surgically removed discs and maintains intervertebral anatomy.  

According to Ben Shappley, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Amedica, the exclusive use of silicon nitride technology in the development of the TDR furthers the benefits of silicon nitride to both surgeons and patients and reinforces the increasing importance of the technology in the growing spine and reconstructive implant orthopaedics market.

"Using silicon nitride technology in the construction of the entire implant is a major breakthrough for spinal devices," said Shappley.  "With the use of silicon nitride and
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