TranS1 Inc. Partners With Life Spine, Inc. to Distribute Avatar(TM), a New Minimally Invasive Pedicle Screw System

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WILMINGTON, N.C., Jan. 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TranS1 Inc. (Nasdaq:TSON) a medical device company focused on designing, developing and marketing products that implement its proprietary minimally invasive surgical approach to treat degenerative disc disease and instability affecting the lower lumbar region of the spine, announced today the completion of a new partnership agreement with Life Spine, Inc. to distribute Avatar(TM), a minimally invasive pedicle screw system designed and developed by Life Spine, Inc.

“I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to distribute the Avatar(TM) product line through our direct sales force. Many of the procedures which utilize the AxiaLIF system also use minimally invasive pedicle screws for posterior fixation. We believe that having this product will allow us to increase our procedural revenue while better serving our surgeons and their patients,” said Richard Randall, CEO of TranS1 Inc.

Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About TranS1 Inc.

TranS1 is a medical device company focused on designing, developing and marketing products that implement its proprietary minimally invasive surgical approach to treat degenerative disc disease and instability affecting the lower lumbar region of the spine. TranS1 currently markets two single-level fusion products, the AxiaLIF(R) and the AxiaLIF 360(TM), and a two-level fusion product, the AxiaLIF 2L(TM), in the U.S. and Europe. TranS1 was founded in May 2000 and is headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.trans1.com.

About Life Spine, Inc.

Life Spine is a full line spine company which develops and markets an innovative family of spinal implants and instruments to serve the orthopedic and neurosurgery communities. Additional information can be found at http://www.lifespine.com.

CONTACT:  TranS1 Inc.
          Investors:
          Michael Luetkemeyer, Chief Financial Officer
          910-332-1700

          Westwicke Partners
          Mark Klausner
          443-213-0501
          mark.klausner@westwicke.com

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