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Water Street Completes Investment in RTI Biologics Inc.
Date:7/16/2013

CHICAGO, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic private equity firm focused exclusively on the health care industry, announced today that it has completed an investment in RTI Biologics Inc. (RTI).  Headquartered in Alachua, Fla., RTI specializes in orthopedic and other biologic implants.  Water Street has invested a $50 million private placement of convertible preferred equity to support RTI with acquiring Pioneer Surgical Technology (Pioneer).  The acquisition transforms RTI into one of the world's leading providers of surgical implants.

As part of the transaction, RTI has appointed two representatives from Water Street to serve on its board of directors.  Curt Selquist, an operating partner with more than 35 years of health care experience, will serve as a director.  Prior to Water Street, Mr. Selquist was company group chairman of Johnson & Johnson Medical and Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems.  Joining Mr. Selquist on the board is Ned Villers, a partner with Water Street who has invested in companies specializing in medical products and health care services since 1999.

"We are excited to partner with Water Street to complete this acquisition, and to add Curt and Ned's expertise to our board," said Brian K. Hutchison, president and chief executive officer, RTI.  "The Pioneer acquisition puts RTI in a much stronger position to capitalize on future opportunities in orthopedics and biologics.  Water Street's extensive knowledge and network of relationships in the medical products sector will benefit our organization as we fu
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