Amedica Becomes First to Receive FDA Clearance for Two-Level Cervical Interbody Cage Indications

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amedica Corporation (Nasdaq:AMDA), a company that develops and commercializes silicon nitride ceramics as a biomaterial platform, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the indications of Amedica's silicon nitride interbody fusion products to include multi-level cervical treatment.

"We are very pleased to become the first company to receive FDA clearance for multi-level cervical interbody cage indications," said Dr. Sonny Bal, chairman and CEO of Amedica Corporation. "Given the high incidence of two-level cervical procedures, we are proud that our silicon nitride interbody fusion devices are now available to address two-level cervical disease. This clearance allows Amedica to support or conduct clinical studies without the need for an IDE (Investigational Device Exemption) in two-level cervical pathologies, which can then be used to confirm the effectiveness of our silicon nitride technology platform. The clearance also allows Amedica to promote this unique point of differentiation in the marketplace."

"The FDA clearance reassures every surgeon and patient that scientific evidence exists that silicon nitride interbody devices can safely and effectively be used in the treatment of multi-level cervical pathologies," said Dr. Jim A. Youssef, founder of Spine Colorado and a fellowship-trained spine surgeon. "A material such as silicon nitride, which contains bone on-growth properties and participates in the fusion process, is an ideal biomaterial for implantation into the human body. This clearance also provides surgeons with a broad array of procedure options for high risk patients – patients with poor bone quality, are smokers, or who have diabetes."

The FDA's clearance of the expanded indications is based on extensive data from a variety of studies and sources showing the Company's silicon nitride devices used in multi-level procedures are as safe and effective as other devices used in single level procedures. The Valeo™ cervical fusion devices are now indicated for use in skeletally mature patients with degenerative disc disease at one disc level or two contiguous levels. The FDA approval order allows for commercial sales and distribution of these devices for multi-level procedures.

About Amedica Corporation

Amedica is focused on the development and application of medical-grade silicon nitride ceramics. Amedica markets spinal fusion products and is developing a new generation of wear- and corrosion-resistant implant components for hip and knee arthroplasty. The Company manufactures its products in its ISO 13485 certified manufacturing facility and, through its partnership with Kyocera, the world's largest ceramic manufacturer. Amedica's spine products are FDA-cleared, CE-marked, and are currently marketed in the U.S. and select markets in Europe and South America through its distributor network and its growing OEM partnerships.

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