Alphatec Spine Completes Asset Acquisition of Irvine, CA-Based Phygen LLC

Alphatec Spine

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC), the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., announced today that it has closed its acquisition of certain assets of Phygen LLC.

"We are very pleased and excited to close this important transaction and bring these two companies together. It is truly a synergistic fit and a transformational event for both organizations," said Les Cross, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alphatec Spine. "As I promised when I became CEO earlier this year, Alphatec Spine is focused on becoming more market-driven and customer-focused in order to strengthen sales and profitability. We are taking steps to launch new products, enhance the productivity of our sales force and distribution network, and target more surgeon-customers. Simultaneously, we are supporting these activities with operational improvements designed to lower our cost structure.

"With this transaction, we believe we have significantly strengthened our capabilities to succeed with our strategy. Phygen should bring us an enhanced product development process driven by their Scientific Advisory Board and a broad portfolio of complementary products. We are eager to leverage the strengths of both companies to deliver greater value to spine surgeons in 2013. In addition, I am pleased to welcome Tom Gardner and his experienced leadership team to Alphatec."

Tom Gardner, Chief Executive Officer of Phygen, said "Phygen has over 100 active spine surgeons, many of whom have been directly involved in developing new innovations and product enhancements that have enabled Phygen to establish a broad and unique line of spinal implant solutions. This transaction will provide Alphatec with access to these innovations. In addition, I feel as though our engineering capabilities complement Alphatec's, which should accelerate the cycle of innovation. At the same time, Phygen's member-surgeons will have access to Alphatec's dynamic product line.

"A prerequisite for success in today's healthcare market is fast and cost-effective product innovation. When the respective management teams discussed the benefits of this transaction, we focused on the potential upside of combining the innovation capabilities of the Phygen surgeons with the engineering, manufacturing and distribution proficiencies of Alphatec. This promises to be a very exciting time for the shareholders of both companies."

A description of the material terms of the transaction were set forth in a Form 8-K that was filed with the SEC on October 25, 2012.

About Alphatec Spine

Alphatec Spine, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC). Alphatec Spine is a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, primarily focused on the aging spine. The Company's mission is to combine world-class customer service with innovative, surgeon-driven products that will help improve the aging patient's quality of life. The Company is poised to achieve its goal through new solutions for patients with osteoporosis, stenosis and other aging spine deformities, improved minimally invasive products and integrated biologics solutions. In addition to its U.S. operations, the Company also markets its products in over 50 international markets through its affiliate, Scient'x S.A.S., via a direct sales force in France, Italy and the United Kingdom and via independent distributors in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In Latin America, the Company conducts its business through its subsidiary, Cibramed Produtos Medicos. In Japan, the Company markets its products through its subsidiary, Alphatec Pacific, Inc. In the rest of Asia and Australia, the Company sells its and Scient'x's products through its and Scient'x's distributors.

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CONTACT: Investor/Media Contact: Mark Francois Senior Director, Investor Relations Alphatec Spine, Inc. (760) 494-6610

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