Wooridul SpineMark International Identifies Locations for Spine Centers for Health, Research and Education

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 General News
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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 14 Wooridul SpineMark International (WSI),a joint venture between SpineMark Corporation of San Diego, Calif. andWooridul Healthcare of Korea, have identified sites for five planned WSI spinecenters, which will be opened on four continents. Once opened, the centerswill advance the treatment of patients who have suffered back injuries throughglobal spine care best practices, clinical research and medical education.

SpineMark Corporation, a spine care services organization that partnerswith hospitals and physicians to develop spine centers and facilitate clinicalresearch, and Wooridul Healthcare, a clinical operator providing total care inspine, established the international alliance in June 2008 to leverage andbuild upon the focus and expertise of each organization in the spine industry.Under the WSI alliance, SpineMark and Wooridul plan to open minimally invasivespine Centers of Excellence and fellowship training programs, and set upcollaborative clinical and spine research centers in the following locations:

"Spine injuries know no boundaries. They affect people -- young and old-- throughout the world. We formed the Wooridul SpineMark Internationalalliance so patients could access sophisticated spine care treatments, nomatter where in the world they live," said Marcy T. Rogers, M.Ed., presidentand CEO of SpineMark.

Many of the WSI centers will include a spine research organization (SRO)and will become part of a network of SROs managed by SpineMark's CROManagement, a wholly owned subsidiary of SpineMark and the only clinicalresearch organization dedicated to the spine in the United States. Thisnetwork provides an international bridge for the centers to collaborate onindustry-leading clinical trials in spine care. Additionally, by providingoversight as an objective third party, SpineMark CRO Management brings anadded degree of separation and greater transparency to the relationshipbetween doctors and the medical device industry, which lends credibility tothe resulting data.

"The partnership with Wooridul greatly expands our international networkof spine trial and research sites," said Dr. Rudolf Bertagnoli, chairman ofthe SpineMark International Medical Advisory Board. "With our pooledresources, Wooridul SpineMark International can ensure quality monitoring andtransparency are brought to bear for participating patients throughintermediary third-party oversight."

"Wooridul SpineMark International is focused on providing access to thebest treatments with the most advanced physicians and business practicesavailable at facilities that are subject to, and comply with, the moststringent regulatory guidelines in the world," said Dr. Sang-Ho Lee, chairmanof the board of Wooridul Healthcare. "We offer international spinal care topatients, and clinical research and medical education to physicians, hospitalsand medical device companies on a global level."

About SpineMark

SpineMark Corporation is an innovative service organization dedicated totransforming the delivery of spine care. The company partners with hospitalsand physicians across the United States and abroad to develop and operatecomprehensive, evidence-based spine centers of excellence. By building aglobal network of spine centers, spine research organizations andstate-of-the-art medical conference facilities, SpineMark is improving theoverall quality of life of patients afflicted with spine disorders andinjuries.

Driven by the specialized experience and expertise of its leadership teamand medical advisory board, SpineMark's goal is to create a global network,based on clinically validated best practices for spine care that streamlinediagnosis and treatment, simplify referrals and accelerate the recoveryprocess. Find more information on www.spinemark.com

About Wooridul Healthcare of Korea

Wooridul Healthcare operates one of the largest private specialty hospitalgroups in South Korea, with 5 domestic hospitals, and additional patientassistance centers around the globe. With its first hospital established in1982, Wooridul has more than 25 years of experience in providing systematicspine management as a total care system covering spine disease prevention,diagnosis, testing, treatment and rehabilitation. Its 108 spinal surgeonstreat patients in its various hospitals located in Seoul, Chungdam, Busan,Dongrae, and Daegu. Wooridul recently announced that it is establishing aspine center on Jeju Island, an international medical tourism destination,scheduled for completion by the end of 2010. Find more information onwww.wooridul.com-- Sao Paulo, Brazil -- Tijuana, Mexico -- Singapore City, Singapore -- Barcelona, Spain -- Ankara, Turkey

SOURCE SpineMark Corporation

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