Scient`x Announces Strategic Alliance In Dynamic Fusion with Allegheny General Hospital

Thu Oct 1, 2009 10:05am EDT

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GUYANCOURT, France & PITTSBURGH--(Business Wire)--
Scient`x Group S.A.S. (Scient`x), the worldwide leader in providing dynamic
solutions for both fusion and non-fusion* procedures for the spine, today
announced a strategic alliance with Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in
Pittsburgh, PA that will include collaborative biomechanical and clinical
research, technology development and medical education. 

AGH is a nationally-recognized academic medical center that serves as the
flagship hospital of the West Penn Allegheny Health System and a campus of the
Drexel University School of Medicine. The hospital is designated as both a
Neurosciences Center of Excellence and a Spine Center of Excellence, based on a
recent independent study of neurosurgical capabilities and patient care quality
at medical centers around the country. AGH is home to one of the nation`s
largest and most comprehensive neurosurgical programs and has a longstanding
history of pioneering research in the neurosciences field. 

Scient`x recently launched its new strategy focusing on dynamic fusion,
including the introduction of its Isobar EvolutionTM Dynamic Rod, which is
indicated as an adjunct to fusion for the lumbar spine. 

Oliver Burckhardt, President and CEO of Scient`x, said: "Partnering with an
institution like AGH will expedite the study and global acceptance of such
innovative technologies. 

"Scient`x is honored and privileged to collaborate with a preeminent medical
center in the United States as we embark upon the next phase of our research and
development. This alliance with AGH not only greatly enhances our R&D
capabilities, but it brings a vital academic influence to our new dynamic
strategy. We are excited to have such an exceptional group of surgeons and
researchers join our efforts to forge an outcomes-based path in this emerging
dynamic fusion sector," Mr. Burckhardt added. 

Jack Wilberger, MD, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at both AGH and
Drexel University College of Medicine, commented: "Advancing the
state-of-the-art and exploring new frontiers in the treatment of neurological
disease has been a hallmark of our program for the past half century. We are
extremely proud of these accomplishments because the work has truly helped
improve the lives of many people. This new affiliation with Scient`x further
strengthens our ability to continue that tradition." 

According to Donald Whiting, MD, Vice-Chair of Research in AGH`s Department of
Neurosurgery and Clinical Co-Director of the hospital`s Neurosurgery, Spine &
Biomechanics Research Laboratory, the recent opening of AGH`s Neurosciences
Institute and expansion of its research capabilities "has helped open the door
to collaborations with biomedical industry leaders like Scient`x." 

The Neurosurgery Spine and Biomechanics Research Laboratory is located within
the Allegheny Singer Research Institute (ASRI), the research arm of AGH. 

"Our affiliation with Scient`x is exciting on many levels. As the principal
investigation site of an impending clinical trial exploring the efficacy of
dynamic lumbar fusion, we at AGH are taking the lead on an important study that
will better define the concept and science of dynamic fusion as it is applied
now in the lumbar spine," Dr. Whiting added. 

Boyle Cheng, PhD, Director of AGH`s Neurosurgery, Spine & Biomechanics Research
Laboratory and a nationally-recognized expert in degenerative spine disease,
said: "The hospital is well-positioned to lead innovative, translational
research projects such as those sponsored by Scient`x. 

"Our impressive research facilities, combined with the unique, close
collaboration that exists among our clinicians and scientists, affords us the
opportunity to play a critical role in potentially groundbreaking studies that
move quickly from the laboratory to the bedside. The partnership with Scient`x
is a terrific example of that opportunity and we look forward to working with
them in the pursuit of more effective treatments for degenerative spine
disease," Dr. Cheng added. 

*Non-Fusion technologies not available in the United States

About Scient`x

Scient`x Groupe S.A.S. (Scient`x) is a worldwide leader in Dynamic Solutions for
the entire spine, offering Dynamic Solutions for both fusion and non-fusion
(outside the United States) pathologies. Based in Paris, France, Scient`x is the
largest independent spinal implant company outside of the United States. The
company is founded on science-based innovation, outcome-oriented research and a
strong commitment to education worldwide. The company designs, develops and
distributes an extensive line of spine surgical implants in over 50 countries
around the world. Since 1988, Scient`x has been a pioneer in all aspects of
spinal instrumentation including the non-fusion, dynamic motion preservation
segment of the spine market. The company was the first to introduce PEEK
implants to spinal surgery as well as posterior dynamic stabilization
technology. Scient`x has now introduced a second-generation ceramic cervical
disc (outside the United States) that has achieved significant revenue traction
and surgeon acceptance in Europe. The recently launched Isobar EvolutionTM
product line allows Scient`x to lead in the Dynamic Fusion marketplace. Scient`x
is a privately held company. 

For more information about Scient`x, please visit:

For more information about AGH, please visit:

Ann Custin CFO/COO, 610-840-6200
Allegheny General Hospital
Dan Laurent, 412-330-2420 

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