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The Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Announces Agreement With joimax® to Support Creation and Launch of SMISS Registry for Endoscopic Spine Surgery

SAN DIEGO, October 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

The Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), San Diego, CA and joimax®, Karlsruhe, Germany announced today the signing of an agreement to support the SMISS Registry as a founding sponsor for creation and launch of the SMISS Spine Registry for Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery. The SMISS Spine Registry was designed to collect valuable data concerning decreased hospitalization, recovery times, and complication rates of endoscopic spine procedures, as well as increased quality of life measures, subject satisfaction, and cost effectiveness. In today's rapidly changing healthcare climate, it is imperative to ensure the ongoing availability of this data regarding efficiencies of care and quality of outcomes.

SMISS has assembled an outstanding research team with extensive experience within the spine field. The Principal Investigator for the Registry, Choll Kim, M. D., Ph.D, Executive Director and Board of Directors Member of SMISS states: "We are excited to partner with joimax® in the launch of the SMISS Registry, a project that will produce the relevant data collection and management necessary for the continued growth of minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery. The Society will lead the way in the collection of minimally invasive spine surgery outcomes and cost data. SMISS is positioned to become the model for successful spine research."

"joimax® and SMISS are ideal partners to begin this important project in spinal endoscopy. The data collected will assist both parties in furthering the development of minimally invasive endoscopic spinal surgery, which is a great benefit to patients around the world," said Wolfgang Ries, CEO and Founder of joimax. "We are pleased to provide funding for this important project."

This three year, multi-centered project will commence patient enrollment in late 2011. The Registry is expected to enroll a minimum of 250 patients during the first phase of the project.

About joimax®

The young and innovative medical technology company dedicates itself to combined surgical technologies ("joined minimal access technologies"), particularly in the area of spinal treatment. joimax® develops, produces and markets tried and tested user-friendly systems for endoscopic spinal surgery, always staying on top with the latest technology. With extensively trained staff amassing years of industry experience, joimax® has acquired key skills in the areas of equipment technology, systems, hard and software, instrumentation, endoscopes, disposable products, implants and x-ray protection. With the comprehensive education program which incorporates workshops, visitations and operations accompanied by an experienced application specialist, the implementation of the procedure will be supported right from the start. joimax® considers itself a partner of operating physicians, bearing the motto "helping to treat patients!" More information is available at Contact: Courtney Sheedy.

The Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is located in San Diego, CA. The SMISS Mission is to improve patient care by advancing the practice of effective minimally invasive spine surgery through education, research, and advocacy. For more information, visit Contact: Amy Johnson.

joimax GmbH
Dagmar Kyewski
Amalienbadstr. 41
RaumFabrik 61
D-76227 Karlsruhe
Ph: +49(0)721-25514-0

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