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RAYNHAM, MA, April 17, 2008 - DePuy Spine, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, today announced the launch of the EXPEDIUM™ 4.5 Spine System, a titanium and stainless steel hook, rod and screw system designed to treat complex spinal deformity in small-stature patients.

The EXPEDIUM 4.5 Spine System is a complete set of in-line, low profile implants designed to reduce the disruption of soft tissue and overcome cosmetic challenges in smaller anatomies. Its intuitive instrumentation offers surgeons tactile feedback and greater control over debilitating pathologies without the limitations commonly associated with small stature instrumentation sets.

"EXPEDIUM is one of the most versatile spine systems on the market and now we can use it even more effectively for small-stature patients," said Peter Newton, MD, surgeon designer from Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, CA. "The EXPEDIUM 4.5 Spine System was designed specifically for the smaller anatomies, providing a combination of exceptional low profile and optimal rod handling characteristics, both of which are required to facilitate correction of spinal deformities in small-stature patients."

The EXPEDIUM Spine System was designed in collaboration with some of the world's leading spine surgeons. The System includes longitudinal rods of various diameters (4.5, 5.5 and 6.35 millimeters), monoaxial, polyaxial and uni-planar screws, reduction screws and hooks, transverse and dual-rod connectors, sacral extenders, and washers. The system also includes anterior options for the treatment of disorders affecting the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine.

About DePuy Spine

DePuy Spine, a Johnson & Johnson company, 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.