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SpineSmith Partners to Present at 3rd Annual Stem Cell Summit
Date:2/25/2008

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- SpineSmith Partners, LP, a biotech medical device company that focuses on new treatments for spinal disorders, announced today that Dr. Robert G. Johnson, MD, and Dr. Stuart Williams, PhD, are scheduled to present at the 3rd Annual Stem Cell Summit in New York City on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008.

Dr. Williams is Scientific Director of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is also the Chief Science Officer for Tissue Genesis, Inc.

Williams is recognized internationally as an expert in vascular biology and vascular tissue engineering, and is a leader in endothelial cell isolation technology. He developed and patented the technique of isolating human endothelial cells and pluripotent stem cells from fat tissue obtained through liposuctions, currently licensed by Tissue Genesis through Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Johnson, a San Antonio, Texas-based orthopedic surgeon is pioneering a new technology utilizing highly concentrated adult stem cells in spine surgery. With over 300 cases performed and a prospective clinical study showing positive results, Dr. Johnson believes that adult stem cells have a place in spine surgery and further applications throughout orthopedics.

Dr. Johnson has been using the new approach to treat patients since April 2006. The adult stem cells are concentrated from the patient's own bone marrow utilizing a point of care system during the spinal procedure.

"It is already well known that stem cells originating from bone marrow have the capability to form blood, nerve and bones. The goal is to help patients recover faster and, hopefully, better," said Dr. Johnson. "We have good reason to be optimistic that the stem cells will provide reliable and consistent fusion and reduce the chances that the patient will require future surgeries."

Since autologous procedures use the patient's own cells, derived from bon
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