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Merlot OrthopediX Enters into Exclusive Global Agreement with Alphatec Spine to Develop and Market Merlot's Bone Anchorage Technology for the Treatment of Spine Disorders

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 8:33am
Bio-Medicine.Org

CLEVELAND, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Merlot OrthopediX, Inc., a Cleveland Clinic spin-off company jointly owned by Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, Frantz Medical Group, Mentor, OH and Dr. Isador Lieberman, M.D., M.B.A., Texas Back Institute, Plano, Texas, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Alphatec Spine, Inc., a medical device company providing treatment solutions for spine disorders with a focus on treating conditions that affect the aging spine, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATEC), to develop and commercialize Merlot's novel bone anchorage technology for use in spine surgery. Merlot's technology, covered by nine issued patents and additional patents pending in the fields of spine disorders and bone fixation, was originally invented by Dr. Isador Lieberman, Spine Surgeon, during his tenure with Cleveland Clinic and advanced through development in partnership with Frantz Medical's engineers.

Alphatec Spine will have responsibility for ongoing development, regulatory and worldwide commercialization of the Merlot technology exclusive to the field of spine disorders.  "The Merlot bone anchorage platform, based on a fixation anchor with double helical tines – originally conceived from a wine corkscrew (hence the company name) – is an ideal technology platform for Alphatec Spine," said Dr. Isador Lieberman, Chairman, Merlot OrthopediX and Spine Surgeon at the Texas Back Institute. "The helical tine bone anchorage offers minimal bone disruption with comparable or superior bone purchase to traditional spine screws, making it an ideal design for less dense or more fragile bone, commonly observed in aging patients and those with osteoporosis."

"We see the Merlot platform as an extension of our aging spine and MIS portfolios.  The double-helix fixation system is unique and offers minimal

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