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Merlot OrthopediX Enters into Exclusive Global Agreement with Alphatec Spine to Develop and Market Merlot's Bone Anchorage Technology for the Treatment of Spine Disorders
Date:10/21/2010

disruption combined with the potential for superior fixation," said Dirk Kuyper, Alphatec Spine's President and CEO.  Mr. Kuyper added, "Alphatec Spine will be responsible for the development and commercialization of the technology, and we see applications for the Merlot platform in cervical, adult deformity, and trauma market segments.  We will initially target our extensive European sales network in order to develop robust clinical experience and then we will look to launch the products globally, including in the U.S."

"Merlot OrthopediX is delighted with the Alphatec Spine partnership.  By utilizing Frantz Medical's turn-key engineering and product development resources, Merlot OrthopediX has been able to translate Dr. Lieberman's original invention into an effective, easy-to-use and manufacturable design," said Ms. Stephanie Harrington, Vice President, Merlot OrthopediX and Vice President, Frantz Medical Group. "With its demonstrated product development pipeline and global reach, Alphatec Spine will be able to integrate the Merlot platform into their spine disorder product line and provide this bone anchorage solution to patients across the world in the near term."

"We are pleased that this innovative collaboration resulted in bringing important technology to treat spine disorders to market through a company with a track record of success like Alphatec," said Chris Coburn, Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations.

About Merlot OrthopediX, Inc.

Merlot OrthopediX, Inc. is a joint equity venture between Cleveland Clinic, Frantz Medical Group, and Dr. Isador Lieberman. Founded originally in 2004, the Merlot OrthopediX technology encompasses multiple patents invented by Dr. Lieberman on spine fixation, other bone fixation and anchorage as well as patents-pending on unique implant locking mechanisms and proprietary instrumentation, co-invented by Dr. Lieberman and Frantz Medical Grou
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