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Applied Spine Technologies is Awarded New Patent


Monday, November 30, 2009

Patent enables intraoperative assembly onto a pedicle screw for dynamic stabilization of the spine

Rocky Hill, CT -- 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 "Mounting mechanisms for pedicle screws and related assemblies".

U.S. patent No. 7,615,068, issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on November 10, 2009, claims a pedicle screw with a collet, snap ring, and set screw to accept and fix a spherical ball onto the pedicle screw.

"The two key elements of an optimal dynamic stabilization device are a connector that can change length, and a mechanism that permits dynamic angulation between the connector and the pedicle screws, as the patient bends," said Bruce Robie, PhD, Vice President of Research and Development for Applied Spine. "With this patent, we now have protection of hardware that enables intraoperative assembly of an articulating sphere onto a pedicle screw, enabling dynamic angulation."

"In conjunction with our previously issued intellectual property, this new patent offers us protection within critical elements of dynamic stabilization devices, particularly dynamic angulation. Interestingly, other devices that lack dynamic angulation capabilities have reported clinical failures. We believe, therefore, that our new patent significantly enhances the companies IP portfolio," adds Craig Corrance, Applied Spine’s CEO.

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 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.



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