Pioneer(R) Surgical Technology Introduces the BacJac(TM) Interspinous Decompression System to the European Spine Market

Friday, May 23, 2008 General News
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DRIEBERGEN, Netherlands, May 22 Pioneer SurgicalTechnology's European subsidiary today announced the BacJac(TM) InterspinousDecompression System (IDS) will be market launched in Europe during theInternational SpineWeek meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

The BacJac system is designed to relieve pain in patients with NeurogenicIntermittent Claudication (NIC) due to Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS). TheBacJac achieves spinal decompression by limiting the symptomatic extensionwhile maintaining physiologic motion. BacJac's minimally invasive, unilateralsurgical approach reduces operating room and patient recovery time, whilepreserving future surgical options. BacJac is a self-deploying, non-fusiondevice which is tissue sparing and ligament preserving. Because of its largecontact area with the spinous processes and its near-physiologic modulus, theBacJac ensures a minimal risk of subsidence.

"BacJac's world-class design team included Drs. Paul Anderson of theUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, and Jake Timothy of Leeds General Hospital,U.K.," according to Lex J. Giltaij, M.D., VP Europe & Business Development.Giltaij adds, "With the collective experience of this team, the resultingBacJac system offers the least invasive surgical technique of any otherclinically proven product on the market."

Pioneer's P3 motion preservation products offer excellent wear resistance,established biocompatibility, biodurability and radiolucency. The presence ofPioneer BV at SpineWeek includes the European introduction of the company'ssignature P3 (Pioneer Peek-on-Peek) Technology.

About Pioneer Surgical Technology, BV

Pioneer Surgical Technology's European subsidiary was established in theNetherlands in August 2006 following the introduction of NuBac(TM) in Europe.Pioneer BV carries a full range of Pioneer's spine products and works withdistributors in several countries in Europe including Italy, United Kingdom,Switzerland and the Benelux. Pioneer is establishing its own sales team inGermany.

About Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.

Pioneer Surgical Technology, headquartered in Marquette, Michigan, is adynamic medical device firm with a full line of cutting-edge motionpreservation devices either available commercially in Europe or under clinicalevaluation in the US. Pioneer's signature articulating PEEK-on-PEEKtechnology, in its NuBac(TM) and cervical motion preservation series, is themost technologically advanced design in the industry. In addition, Pioneer'scomprehensive portfolio of vertebral spacers, cervical plating systems, andMIS and Mini-Open Rod systems include familiar trade names such asContact(TM), IJAK(R), Clarity(TM), SlimFuse(TM), and Quantum(R).

Pioneer entered the orthobiologics market with two acquisitions in 2007.Encelle(TM), Inc., developed E-Matrix(TM) for tissue regeneration.Angstrom(TM) Medica, Inc. is the first company to obtain FDA approval for ananotechnology device - NanOss(TM) - a hydroxyapatite bone void filler.

Pioneer's three divisions ... Orthopedic, Spinal and Biologic ... produceinnovative, cost-effective solutions for surgical procedures that have provendifficult or problematic for both surgeons and patients.

SOURCE Pioneer Surgical Technology, BV

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