June 22, 2005

For Immediate Release

Spine Surgery:  Detailed Worldwide Data on Procedures, Products, Technologies, Markets & Competitors in Report from MedMarket Diligence

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA — A recently published report from MedMarket Diligence has garnered significant interest in the spine surgery industry.  The report, which covers the global spine surgery market, details procedures, products, technologies, markets and the many companies active in technology and market development in spine surgery.

"Spine surgery has seen some pretty dramatic developments in the past year, including the introduction of the first artificial disc, the Charité disc from the DePuy Spine business of Johnson & Johnson," notes Patrick Driscoll of MedMarket Diligence.  In addition to the Charité disc and other artificial discs under development, there is robust activity in this market that, according to Driscoll, will continue to drive exceptionally strong growth for a medical products market that is otherwise experiencing continued cost pressures.

The MedMarket Diligence report on spine surgery details the volume in procedures for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF), cervical corpectomy, cervical foraminotomy, cervical laminoplasty, decompressive lumbar laminectomy, interbody fusion with cages (interbody fusion devices), posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), spinal fusion, posterolateral gutter spine fusion, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), minimally invasive procedures, vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, microscopic discectomy, disc decompression, endoscopic scoliosis surgery and minimally invasive bone grafting procedures. Detailed market data is presented for the U.S., Europe, Asian and globally for bone grafts and bone graft substitutes, instrumented spinal fusion, non-fusion spinal technology/dynamic stabilization, disc arthroplasty, image-guided surgery systems, minimally invasive surgery, vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty, energy-based and alternative treatment technologies.

The report is detailed at www.mediligence.com/rpt-m501.htm

In addition to medtech market Reports, MedMarket Diligence publishes MedMarkets.  Published in print and PDF/HTML, MedMarkets is published 12 times annually, with coverage encompassing medical device, biotech, biomaterials and other technologies impacting interventional cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics/musculoskeletal, abdominal & thoracic surgery, gynecology, oncology, neurology & neurosurgery and other clinical sectors. Past coverage may be reviewed at www.mediligence.com/archive2005.html.

MedMarket Diligence provides tactical decision-making solutions on medical technology to the medical products and investment industries. The company publishes the MedMarkets newsletter, a monthly analysis of the market implications of new medical technologies, and dedicated reports on technology markets.  For additional details, contact Patrick Driscoll at email or call 949-859-3401 or toll-free (in the U.S.). 1-866-820-1357.