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Custom Spine Announces Lew Bennett as President

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 General News J E 4
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PARSIPPANY, N.J., Jan. 20 Custom Spine announced today that Lew Bennett has been named President and will serve on the Board of Directors. Mr. Bennett brings with him over 48 years experience in the medical device industry. Having retired and re-entered the market six times, Mr. Bennett's love of a new challenge and dedication to the medical device industry is clear. Custom Spine founder and CEO, Mahmoud Abdelgany commented, "We are really excited to have Lew Bennett taking the helm of Custom Spine. He brings to the company a deep knowledge of the market and a passion for success."



Mr. Bennett has held senior executive positions with several companies in the orthopedic and spine industry including: Executive Vice President, Officer, and Board Member of NuVasive, Inc.; early investor, Executive Vice President, Officer and Director of Sofamor Danek (now a division of Medtronic, Inc.); President, General Medical Division, Smith & Nephew, Inc. and President of Dillion Manufacturing. In addition, he was one of the founders of Howmedica Corporation (now Stryker Howmedica Osteonics). Prior to founding Howmedica, he was Regional Manager for Ethicon Corporation, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Bennett currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Custom Spine and HydroCision.



Mr. Bennett's proven success and love of developing people have afforded him the opportunity to be the guest speaker at numerous medical conferences and to lecture at over 300 orthopedic and neurological resident programs. He has consulted for over 550 orthopedic and neurological practices and universities.



Custom Spine develops advanced fixation and interbody systems with unique features that increase the ease of implantation for the surgeon and provide added benefits for the patient. When asked about Custom Spine products Mr. Bennett commented, "Custom Spine's engineers have developed innovative products and instrumentation that will provide great benefit to the surgeon and patient. I am excited to lead the team as we continue to pioneer new products for the spine industry."



About Custom Spine

Custom Spine, Inc. is a pioneering leader in the spine market creating the next generation of surgeon-friendly spinal implants and instruments that provide superior performance and patient care. The company was founded by top engineers and industry professionals in partnership with orthopedic and neurological spine surgeons to develop advanced medical solutions. Custom Spine (www.customspine.com) is a privately held company headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey. For more information, please contact 1-973-808-0019.



SOURCE Custom Spine
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