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K2M Announces US Launch of Comprehensive 3D Solutions at the 2016 North American Spine Society Annual Meeting

LEESBURG, Va., Oct. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- K2M Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTWO) (the "Company" or "K2M"), a global medical device company focused on designing, developing and commercializing innovative and proprietary complex spine and minimally invasive spine technologies and techniques, today announced the U.S. launch of its award-winning CASCADIA Interbody Systems, featuring Lamellar 3D Titanium Technology, during the 31st North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting, Oct. 26-29, 2016, in Boston at Booth #1615.

K2M will present clinical background on its 3D-printed technologies and showcase the Company’s comprehensive CASCADIA product portfolio, which was recognized by Orthopedics This Week with a 2016 Spine Technology Award as one of the best new spine technologies of 2016. K2M will also highlight 3D printing manufacturing techniques by featuring a state-of-the-art 3D printer and a spatially immersive virtual reality experience at its NASS booth. The U.S. launch of K2M’s comprehensive 3D solutions, combined with an enhanced presence at NASS, further reinforces K2M’s standing as the global market-leading innovator and provider of 3D-printed spinal implants.

K2M’s Market-Leading Portfolio of Innovative 3D-Printed CASCADIA Implants

K2M’s comprehensive CASCADIA product portfolio includes the CASCADIA TL, AN, Lateral, AN Lordotic Oblique, and Cervical Interbody Systems. K2M’s CASCADIA Interbody Systems feature the Company’s innovative Lamellar 3D Titanium Technology, which uses an advanced 3D printing method to create structures that are impossible with traditional manufacturing techniques. Starting with a titanium powder, the CASCADIA implants are grown through the selective application of a high-energy laser beam, incorporating complex internal geometries and rough surface architecture that pre-clinical data have associated with bone growth activity. K2M’s CASCADIA implants utilize this technology to create a 70% porous implant with an increased bone graft volume and similar stiffness when compared to equivalent K2M PEEK designs.

“With over a year of usage experience across multiple CASCADIA interbody platforms, I continue to be impressed with the Lamellar 3D Titanium Technology,” stated Tom Morrison, MD, a neurosurgeon at Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center in Atlanta, Georgia. “The porosity and surface roughness properties make great biologic sense and the long term follow up I’m seeing with my patients reinforces my good impression. I look forward to continuing use of the CASCADIA Interbody Systems and am excited to further incorporate K2M’s Lamellar 3D Titanium Technology in my practice through future developments in other bone-growth applications.”

The CASCADIA interbodies and instrumentation facilitate intraoperative efficiency in the restoration of proper disc height and sagittal balance in skeletally mature patients. Together, these systems offer comprehensive solutions for both lumbar and cervical interbody fusion procedures used in treating patients for degenerative disc disease, degenerative scoliosis, and other spinal deformities in skeletally mature patients. The CASCADIA Interbody Systems include a full range of implant sizes carefully designed to accommodate the vertebral anatomy.

“We are excited to announce the U.S. launch of our 3D-printed CASCADIA Interbody Systems—featuring Lamellar 3D Titanium Technology—at this year’s NASS annual meeting, furthering our leadership position in offering comprehensive 3D solutions,” stated K2M President and CEO Eric Major. “We believe our success in the 3D-printed spine technology space over the last year represents another strong example of our ability to leverage our differentiated R&D capabilities to introduce new and innovative products. Since debuting Lamellar 3D Titanium Technology and CASCADIA at last year’s NASS meeting, K2M has established a leadership position in this innovative and rapidly growing area of the spinal device industry, as evidenced by our growing portfolio of FDA-cleared, 3D-printed interbodies—the most comprehensive portfolio in the market. We are committed to advancing this leadership position with continued innovation and commercialization of our advanced 3D-printed technologies around the world.”

K2M to Showcase Market-Leading 3D-Printed CASCADIA Portfolio at NASS 2016 through Clinical Presentations, Product & Advanced Printing Demonstrations, & Virtual Reality Experiences

K2M will highlight its 3D-printed technologies at Booth #1615 and in two clinical presentations during NASS.

  • K2M Inc.: 3D Printed Lamellar Titanium Interbody
    John P. Kostuik, MD; Thomas J. Morrison III, MD; Jennifer A. Moore; Dave Fiorella
    Innovative Technology Presentation: Wednesday, October 26, 5:25-5:30 p.m.; Room 210ABC
  • Lamellar 3D Titanium & Advances in Interbody Fusion Technologies
    Paul Saiz, MD
    Thursday, October 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Morton’s Boston Seaport Winter Garden Atrium

K2M will display a ProX DMP 320 Direct Metal Printer from 3D Systems, a production-level metal printer that is used to manufacture the CASCADIA interbodies. The direct-metal printing method uses a laser beam to selectively fuse titanium powder in a layer-by-layer fashion to create three-dimensional shapes. The 3D printer will showcase how additive manufacturing technology has enabled K2M to create incredibly complex geometries designed specifically for bony integration that would have been highly impractical to create through traditional, subtractive machining methods.

To further highlight 3D printing manufacturing techniques, K2M will offer a virtual reality opportunity for booth attendees to experience a spatially immersive simulation to visualize how the CASCADIA implants are printed using advanced additive manufacturing techniques.

Major added, “We are very excited to participate at NASS, an important event for our industry each year, and even more important for K2M in 2016. This event represents a unique opportunity for our Company to showcase both our innovative Lamellar 3D Titanium Technology, and our comprehensive 3D-printed product portfolio, to provide attendees with a better understanding of what is driving the strong market response to date within the clinician community through clinical presentations, 3D printing demonstrations, and a virtual reality experience.”

For more information on Lamellar 3D Titanium Technology, the CASCADIA Interbody Systems, and K2M’s complete product portfolio, visit www.K2M.com.

About K2M

K2M Group Holdings, Inc. is a global medical device company focused on designing, developing and commercializing innovative complex spine and minimally invasive spine technologies and techniques used by spine surgeons to treat some of the most difficult and challenging spinal pathologies. K2M has leveraged these core competencies to bring to market an increasing number of products for patients suffering from degenerative spinal conditions. These technologies and techniques, in combination with a robust product pipeline, enable the Company to favorably compete in the global spinal surgery market. Additional information is available online at www.K2M.com.

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