Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Amedica Corporation Announces Launch of Valeo® VBR, Silicon Nitride Implant

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 14, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Amedica Corporation, a spinal and reconstructive implant and instrument manufacturer focused on unique silicon nitride (Si3N4) ceramic technologies, announced today the launch of an extension of its Valeo product line. The Valeo VBR will utilize the unique material characteristics of silicon nitride, which may increase fusion potential in corpectomy procedures. Along with the existing Valeo line, these new geometries will allow for a broader portfolio of options for Amedica's surgeons. The Valeo VBR spinal implant is intended for vertebral body replacement to aid in surgical correction and stabilization of the thoracolumbar spine and is designed to restore the biomechanical integrity of the spine. "We are excited to offer surgeons yet another option for use of our silicon nitride technology. The availability of this product will result in ease of use for surgeons and potentially better outcomes for patients. This is just one of many future applications that we envision for this unique material," said Eric Olsen, President and CEO of Amedica. Amedica's silicon nitride implants provide a hydrophilic and bone-friendly surface structure that may enhance bone attachment. In addition, the material is fracture resistant and its semi-radiolucent characteristic eases accurate placement.

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