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SMALL BONE INNOVATIONS, INC. TO PARTICIPATE AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS 2007 ANNUAL MEETING


Small Bone & Joint Leader Marking Its 2nd Birthday at the 2007 AAOS

  • Booth #2532 at the San Diego Convention Center
  • Tuesday morning 2/13/07 First Albany Capital presentation
  • Tuesday evening 2/13/07 Magnifi Group “Magnificent Seven” Sponsor & Presenter
  • Wednesday evening 2/14/07 UNI-Elbow™ Instructional Course

NEW YORK NY, January 12, 2007 - Small Bone Innovations, Inc. (SBi), a single-source provider of innovation, products, technology and education for the small bone & joint sector of the orthopedic industry, will have another major presence at this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2007 Annual Meeting, February 13-18, in San Diego, California. Over 14,000 medical professionals are expected to attend this year’s Meeting, with exhibits from over 400 companies from around the world.

With an anatomical focus from the “finger to the shoulder” and the “toe to below the knee,” SBi continues to serve the significant unmet clinical needs of small bone & joint orthopedic surgeons and their patients. With an extensive and expanding U.S. and Outside the U.S. product portfolio, (fully on display at Booth # 2532 in the San Diego Convention Center, 9:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday, February 14th through Friday, February 16th), SBi is committed to becoming the worldwide leader in the design, development, and marketing of arthroplasty, internal and external fixation systems, and tissue repair technology, in the form of implants and related medical devices.

“There is no place like the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting,” said SBi Founder, Chairman & CEO, Anthony G. Viscogliosi. “The musculoskeletal/orthopedic community consistently places the needs of the patient first and foremost with every device they design, technique they develop, and educational class they teach. Small Bone Innovations, Inc. strives each day to follow that blueprint, and we are honored to participate at the AAOS annual meeting for the third year in a row, especially since this year’s meeting marks SBi’s second birthday.”

FIRST ALBANY CAPITAL ORTHOPEDIC CONFERENCE


Small Bone Innovations, Inc. Founder, Chairman & CEO, Anthony G. Viscogliosi, will be presenting at the First Albany Capital 2nd Annual Orthopedic conference on Tuesday, February 13, 2007, at 8:10am Pacific time. Mr. Viscogliosi will be available during a breakout session, immediately following his presentation, at 8:30am. The conference is being held at the Marina Village Conference Center in San Diego, California.

Speaking about the First Albany Capital conference, Mr. Viscogliosi said, “Judging from this year’s line-up of impressive public and private presenting companies, it promises to be a tremendous event. Small Bone Innovations had a record-setting year on many fronts in 2006. I look forward to sharing with the FAC attendees, the great strides we made to serve small bone & joint surgeons and their patients, as well as many of the exciting plans we have for 2007.”

THE MAGNIFICENT 7

On Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 5:30pm Pacific time, Small Bone Innovations will be one of seven global orthopedic companies to participate in a ground-breaking event, as The Magnifi Group, featuring their patent-pending 3D Interactive Technology Platform, will host over 140 leading orthopedic surgeons for a surgical techniques presentation. SBi Founder, Chairman & CEO Anthony G. Viscogliosi will be on hand to introduce SBi Corporate Medical Advisory Board Chairman and World-renowned surgeon, Dr. William Cooney, Professor Emeritus, Rochester, Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic. Dr. Cooney will be presenting the SBi RE-MOTION™ Total Wrist System - an anatomically designed implant requiring no resection of the distal radius.

This invitation-only event, featuring guest speaker and legendary Chicago Bears player and coach, Mike Ditka, will be held at San Diego’s Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Commenting on The Magnificent 7 event, Mr. Viscogliosi said, “It is truly remarkable to think that in only 2 short years, Small Bone Innovations, Inc. has created an entire industry – The Small Bone & Joint Industry. And now, we are proud to share the stage at this prestigious event with the likes of Stryker, Smith & Nephew, DePuy Spine and Biomet. It all goes to show that there has always been an unmet need to address the diseases of the upper and lower limbs, and the global orthopedic community has finally taken notice of something we began to address years ago.”

UNI-ELBOW™ INSTRUCTIONAL COURSE

Dr. Bernard F. Morrey, Professor of Orthopedics, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, will lead the SBi UNI-Elbow™ Radio Capitellum System Instructional course entitled “Surgical Techniques & Short Term Results for Radio Capitellum Resurfacing Procedure” on Wednesday evening, February 14, 2007 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Pacific time at the Omni San Diego Hotel. A buffet dinner will be provided.

Mr. Viscogliosi, speaking about the SBi instructional course, said, “The SBi UNI-Elbow™ Radio Capitellum System is designed specifically for Uni-Compartmental Arthroplasty. The implant is indicated for degenerative joint diseases, the correction of functional deformities, for revision procedures where other treatments have failed, and for treatment of fractures that are unmanageable using other techniques. Particularly when used with SBi’s Precise Guidance Technology™ (PGT) Instrumentation, a proprietary instrument system designed to facilitate correct anatomical placement and a simple, easy to follow technique, small bone & joint surgeons will find this elbow system to be extremely advantageous to the patients and their practice. We could not have a found a better advocate for our UNI-Elbow™ than someone as accomplished and distinguished as Dr. Morrey.”


About Small Bone Innovations, Inc.
Small Bone Innovations, Inc. (SBi) was founded in 2004 by Viscogliosi Bros., LLC, (VB), the New York-based merchant banking firm that specializes in the musculoskeletal /orthopedic sector. VB created SBi as the first company to focus purely on small bone & joint science. By integrating established companies and professionals in the field, SBi today offers a broad, clinically proven portfolio of products and technologies to treat trauma and diseases in small bones & joints.

In establishing SBi, VB acquired several prominent US, Canadian and European orthopedic device companies and product technology licenses focused on small bone and joint treatment, including arthroplasty, internal & external fixation, trauma, and biologics.

SBi completed a Series B financing, raising a record total of $42.2 million, announced in January, 2006. Based on data provided by Venture Source, this was the largest venture capital investment ever recorded in the field of orthopedic devices

SBi was a 2006 recipient of Red Herring magazine's annual “'Red Herring 100 North America" award, recognized as one of the nation's leading technology companies and the only orthopedic device company selected among an initial entry of more than one thousand firms. Additionally, SBi's Artelon CMC-I Spacer, developed for patients with thumb base osteoarthritis, was featured on the cover and highlighted within Medical Design Technology magazine's “"Year of Innovation" issue as one of the most fascinating technologies influencing the medical device industry.


For more information on SBi, please visit: www.totalsmallbone.com

About Viscogliosi Bros., LLC
Established by Marc R. Viscogliosi, John J. Viscogliosi and Anthony G. Viscogliosi in New York City in 1999, Viscogliosi Bros., LLC (VB) was the first venture capital/private equity and merchant banking firm dedicated to the musculoskeletal/orthopedics sector of the health care industry.
 
Today, VB is a leading independent firm with a mission to create, build and finance companies founded on innovations developed by surgeons and uniquely focused on "life changing" musculoskeletal/orthopedic technologies. VB has worldwide surgeon, industry and trade relationships and significant financial expertise in the musculoskeletal/orthopedic sector.

As principals of VB, the Viscogliosi brothers have a combined total of nearly half a century of experience analyzing and investing in the musculoskeletal/orthopedics sector, directing literally billions of dollars through the orthopedics industry.  They have pioneered innovative financial, strategic and management initiatives for nearly 150 companies in the sector, from start-up, seed and development stage all the way to exit, while helping thousands of people lead better lives through the orthopedic and spinal products marketed and sold by the companies they have assisted in developing and financing.

For more information about VB, please visit: www.vbllc.com



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