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Announces New Partnership Agreement with Brainlab

DALLAS, TX –Oct. 26, 2012 – DePuy Synthes Spine announced new image guided instrumentation for two of its leading spine systems and has entered into a new partnership agreement with Brainlab, enabling both companies to offer integrated surgical navigation and imaging solutions.

The announcement was made here at the North American Spine Society (NASS) 27th annual meeting, where the company is featuring its broad portfolio of minimally invasive and traditional spinal surgery solutions.

“We believe the  use of our instrumentation  with Brainlab's imaging and navigation solutions will be highly attractive to customers globally," said Namal Nawana, Worldwide President, DePuy Synthes Spine. "This partnership is the latest example of how our new company is providing procedural solutions that deliver benefits to patients, physicians, providers, payers and policy makers.”

At NASS, DePuy Synthes Spine is featuring newly developed image guided instrumentation for its VIPER® 2 Pedicle Screw Fixation System for minimally invasive surgery and EXPEDIUM® Spine System for open surgical procedures. The new instrumentation, which includes awls, probes, taps, screw inserters and Jamshidi needles, has been integrated with Brainlab's computer software. Additional image guided and surgical navigation systems are expected over the next several months.

"The partnership with DePuy Synthes Spine will allow us to integrate our technology seamlessly in surgical procedures and therefore provide an unmatched product offering to our combined customers," said Stefan Vilsmeier, CEO and President of Brainlab.

Brainlab develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology that supports targeted, less-invasive treatment.

About DePuy Synthes Spine
DePuy Synthes Spine has one of the largest and most diverse portfolios of products and services in spinal care and is a global leader in traditional and minimally invasive spine treatment. The company offers procedural solutions for the full spectrum of spinal disorders including adult and adolescent deformity, spinal stenosis, trauma and degenerative disc disease.  DePuy Synthes Spine is part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, the largest provider of orthopaedic and neurological solutions in the world.

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