Small Bone Innovations, Inc. Completes Acquisition of S.T.A.R. Total Ankle Replacement System

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Small Bone Innovations, Inc. (SBi), a single-source provider of innovation, products, technology and education for the small bone & joint sector of the orthopedics industry, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Link America, Inc., d/b/a Link Orthopaedics, The Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement system, known as the ‘S.T.A.R.® Ankle’, and certain assets related to the S.T.A.R. Ankle from DERU GmbH and Waldemar Link GmbH & Co. KG of Hamburg, Germany (‘Waldemar Link’).

The agreement between the two companies was announced in January 2008, subject to certain conditions that have now been satisfied. The value of the transaction has not been disclosed. Waldemar Link will continue to manufacture the S.T.A.R. Ankle at its manufacturing facility in Hamburg, Germany.

Anthony G. Viscogliosi, Chairman & CEO of SBi, said: “The S.T.A.R. Ankle has been used clinically since 1990 with over 14,500 implantations performed worldwide. We are very excited to have the opportunity to introduce this product in the United States, after FDA PMA approval, based on widespread interest among U.S. surgeons in a three-part, mobile bearing, non-constrained, uncemented total ankle replacement system.”

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