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IlluminOss Medical Announces First Human Case Utilizing a Unique, New, Minimally Invasive Technology for Fracture Repair is Performed at Medical Hospital del Trabajadar in Santiago, Chile
Date:2/24/2009

Patient Has Mobility Immediately and Makes Rapid Recovery after Procedure Utilizing IlluminOss(TM) Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System

SANTIAGO, Chile, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- IlluminOss Medical today announced that one of the leading surgeons in Chile, Dr. Sebastian von Unger, has performed the first case in the world utilizing the innovative IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System for orthopedic surgery. The IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System was used on a 21 year old man with a fracture of the 5th metacarpal. The metacarpals are the bones that extend from the base of the wrist to the base of each finger at the knuckle. The fifth metacarpal runs to the little finger.

According to Dr. von Unger, "With traditional methods of treating fractures, often an incision the full length of the fracture line has to be made; and plates and screws inserted to stabilize the fracture. There may be extensive soft tissue damage; the patient has limited or no mobility initially which may lead to temporary or permanent stiffness; the patient may experience severe pain; and there is a danger of infection at the incision site as well as where the plates and screws are placed."

The minimally invasive IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System requires just a small 4.5mm pathway into the bone. A balloon catheter and light fiber are inserted into interior (intramedullary canal) of the bone. A light sensitive, liquid monomer is then infused into the balloon, expanding the balloon to fit the contours of the interior of the bone. Then the light source is activated, converting the liquid monomer into a hardened polymer within 90 seconds. The tiny skin incision is then closed.

Unlike other methods of fracture treatment, the IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System is designed to enable the patient to have immediate joint mobility without the need for immobilization. The fracture also becomes partially weight bearing immediately. Due to the minimally invasive approach, soft tissue injury is virtually eliminated, minimizing the potential for adhesions and a second procedure to remove them.

According to Dr. von Unger, "The instrumentation is intuitive and easy to use. "The overall procedure went according to plan with no complications. The patient had mobility immediately. At six weeks, the x-rays showed an advanced consolidation process, with no migration of the device and no displacement of the fracture. Clinically, the patient had complete mobility and almost the same strength with a minimal scar. He was working and leading a normal life."

Said Bob Rabiner, Founder and CEO of IlluminOss Medical, "We are pleased to work with Dr. von Unger and the team at Hospital del Trabajadar. This case represents a major milestone for IlluminOss and patients worldwide. We believe that our minimally invasive technology will fundamentally improve the treatment of millions of bone fractures by driving much earlier restoration of functionality, improving the durability of orthopedic repairs, decreasing pain, reducing scarring and reducing the risk of infection."

About Hospital del Trabajadar

Hospital del Trabajadar is one of the leading hospitals in Chile. Its orthopedic department is one of the most respected in Chile. It is well known for offering leading edge solutions to challenging orthopedic problems.

About Dr. Sebastian von Unger

Dr. von Unger is a graduate of Los Andes University School of Medicine. He also holds a postgraduate degree in orthopedics and traumatology from Los Andes University. Dr. von Unger has completed a research fellowship in hand surgery at Brown University which was performed at the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island and at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Currently, he is an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital del Trabajadar, an orthopedist and Medical Coordinator at Meds Sport and a support orthopedist at the E.R. of Las Condes Clinica Las Condes.

About IlluminOss Medical Inc.

IlluminOss Medical is a privately held, early-stage medical device company dedicated to the development of minimally invasive orthopedic systems for the stabilization and treatment of bone fractures. The IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System utilizes a photodynamic (light-curable) polymer system intended to eliminate the need for traditional, inconvenient and painful methods of bone fixation with external pins, plates and screws. The Company is currently developing the IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System for small bones such as fractures of the hands, wrists, clavicle and arms. It is anticipated that the IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System will also have applications in the spine and long bones.

Founded in 2007, IlluminOss is headquartered in East Providence, RI. For more information about IlluminOss Medical, please visit www.illuminoss.com.

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    rrabiner@illuminoss.com      ssandler@vmark.net


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