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RAYNHAM, MA, April 11, 2008 - DePuy Spine, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson  company, today announced the launch of the CONCORDE™ Bullet Vertebral Body  Replacement, a new implant with a bulleted nose that facilitates easy insertion  and pyramidal teeth that resist anterior migration during posterior and  minimally invasive spinal fusion procedures.

The CONCORDE Bullet  minimizes insertion forces, which can reduce the risk of damage to vertebral  bodies. It is easy to insert between collapsed vertebral bodies and restores  height. Once inserted, its pyramid-shaped teeth provide resistance to anterior  migration. The patented lordotic option is designed to create 5 degrees of  lordosis when placed obliquely (diagonally) across the midline.

"The  CONCORDE Bullet takes the proven clinical success of the CONCORDE implant and  improves on it with the bulleted nose and lordotic options," said Wade M. Ceola,  M.D., of the Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute in Springfield, MO.  "These are important innovations that enhance lumbar fusion procedures."  

In addition, the use of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) in the  implant allows for enlarged lateral openings, which are more than three-times  larger than those in many PEEK devices.

Since the initial release of the  CONCORDE Bullet last July, surgeons have implanted more than 2,000 of the  devices to treat lumbar pathologies.

About DePuy Spine
DePuy  Spine has worked and partnered with leading clinicians, researchers, and thought  leaders to develop products to treat spine disorders for over 20 years. Today,  DePuy Spine stands in the forefront of the worldwide spine market, with a  substantial sales organization in the U.S. and an expanding worldwide  distribution network. The company is committed to advancing the knowledge of all  health care professionals and their patients in addressing spinal pathologies.