Applied Spine Technologies Announces Latest Patent

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ROCKY HILL, Conn. – (Business Wire) Applied Spine Technologies, Inc. www.appliedspine.com , a medical device company focused on motion preservation of the lumbar spine, has been awarded a new patent titled “Pedicle Screw Assembly with Bearing Surfaces”.

U.S. patent No. 7,635,379, issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on December 22, 2009, claims geometry that permits intraoperative assembly of a sphere onto a pedicle screw to enable dynamic angulation of a dynamic stabilization device.

“Dynamic angulation is a critical feature of dynamic stabilization devices, enabling the devices to move naturally with the spine in all planes. It is achieved by mounting a sphere onto the end of a pedicle screw and then permitting the dynamic connector to rotate about the sphere, as with the Stabilimax® System,” said Bruce Robie, PhD, Vice President of Research and Development for Applied Spine. “This patent builds upon our existing Intellectual Property portfolio and protects mounting geometry to allow placement of a sphere onto a pedicle screw for the purposes of enabling dynamic angulation.”

“At Applied Spine we recognize that there are many ways to achieve dynamic stabilization” said Craig Corrance, President and CEO. “We therefore continue to pursue patents that cover a variety of means for accomplishing the key elements, particularly dynamic angulation and dynamic connectors that allow for change of device length. This patent, in conjunction with patent # 7,615,068, granted on November 10, 2009, validates our approach and bodes well for several pending patent applications.”

About Applied Spine Technologies Inc., and Stabilimax®

Applied Spine Technologies Inc., headquartered in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, is developing the Stabilimax Dynamic Spine Stabilization System, a posterior dynamic stabilization device designed to support an injured or degenerated spine without eliminating motion. Stabilimax is expected to offer numerous advantages over current spinal fixation products and even new artificial disc products—including a much less invasive and less traumatic implant procedure, maintenance of spine motion and disc function, and the potential to prevent or slow adjacent-segment disc disease.

About the IDE Clinical Trial

Applied Spine Technologies, Inc. is currently conducting a multi-center, randomized, controlled clinical trial in the U.S. to compare posterior dynamic stabilization using the Stabilimax Dynamic Spine Stabilization System to traditional spinal fusion stabilization to treat degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis. AST has enrolled more than 100 patients to date.

Stabilimax is an investigational device in the United States. It is limited by United States (U.S.) Federal Law for investigational use only.

Applied Spine Technologies, Inc.
Terry Brennan, CFO, 866-594-3116
tbrennan@appliedspine.com

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