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RTI and Zimmer sign allograft bone paste agreement

Zimmer : 17 May, 2007  (New Product)
Regeneration Technologies (RTI) and Zimmer have signed an exclusive 10 year distribution agreement for a new allograft bone paste
The next generation allograft bone paste will be delivered in flowable and mouldable formulations, and is composed of inductive and carrier elements that are derived solely from human bone.

The mouldable formulation includes additional bone chips for osteoconduction.
Handling and setting properties of the paste are designed so that the cohesive properties are maintained in a wet environment and so that the Implant will conform and pack easily into the surgical site.

The paste is provided pre-hydrated and at room temperature, and it is delivered sterile in a single stage delivery system. The paste is comprised of allograft tissue that must pass a rigorous in vivo rat Assay designed to screen out potentially under performing and inflammatory demineralised bone from use.

Initial shipments of the paste to Zimmer are expected during the fourth quarter of 2007.

'We are pleased to be able to work exclusively with RTI to combine the strength of their allograft bone paste with Zimmer's powerful distribution network', said David Dvorak, president and chief executive officer.

'Zimmer customers will now have direct access to an advanced demineralised bone paste product, which we believe is a natural complement to our joint reconstruction, spine, dental and trauma products and to our existing bone void fillers'.

'We are delighted to partner with Zimmer, a leader in orthopaedics, to bring this new paste Implant to market', said Brian K Hutchison, RTI's chairman, president and chief executive officer.

'This next generation allograft bone paste offers surgeons ease of use and better performance for a variety of applications where a bone void filler is needed'.
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