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July 31, 2017

LYON, France & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Medicrea Group (Euronext Growth Paris: FR0004178572 – ALMED), pioneering the convergence of healthcare IT and next-generation, outcome-centered device design and manufacturing with UNiD™ ASI technology, announced today that the world’s first minimally-invasive spine surgery using patient-specific implants was performed by Dr. C.J. Kleck at the University of Colorado Hospital using the company’s UNiD™ MIS Rod.

The limited visualization of the spine associated with Minimally-Invasive Spine (MIS) techniques poses unique challenges for surgeons whose goal is segmental sagittal balance, while offering known benefits to patients which include reduced muscle damage during surgery and improved recovery time post-operatively. Such advantages have led MIS solutions to be an area of particular growth in the spine market. Surgeons trained in MIS techniques are able to treat a growing number of spinal conditions due to recent advancements in imaging and device offerings. The UNiD™ MIS Rod is the first and only spinal implant in the world that is manufactured specially for the patient prior to minimally-invasive surgery. The UNiD™ MIS Rod is compatible with percutaneous and mini-open MIS applications, removing the need to modify implants intra-operatively.

“As one of the early adopters of UNiD™ ASI, I have seen firsthand the associated benefits of the technology in open deformity cases. I am pleased to extend it now to my MIS cases where I see the potential for increased utility in degenerative indications.” stated Dr. Kleck following the surgery. “With each patient-specific implant designed utilizing Medicrea’s support services, machine learning and predictive analytics, my colleagues and I have seen an improved efficiency in our pre-surgical as well as our surgical practice. I believe this scientific, data-driven model is the best approach available to optimize long-term patient results and represents the future of value-based spinal care.”

Denys Sournac, President and CEO of Medicrea, stated, “We are now able to respond to the growing demand for personalized UNiD™ ASI technology in minimally-invasive surgery by introducing the UNiD™ MIS Rod to our UNiD™ TEK line of FDA-cleared patient-specific implants. We are the only company in Spine able to generate Adaptive Spine Intelligence powered by proprietary data science and remain committed to driving improved outcomes and efficiencies for patients, surgeons, hospitals and payers with our platform of UNiD™ ASI implants, services and IT.”

Today, more than 1,500 UNiD™ Rod surgeries have been performed worldwide. The range of patient-specific implants available as UNiD™ TEK are fully compatible with Medicrea’s platform of innovative procedurally-integrated solutions.

About Medicrea (

Through the lens of predictive medicine, Medicrea leads the design, integrated manufacture, and distribution of 30+ FDA approved spinal implant technologies that have been utilized in over 100,000 spinal surgeries to date. By leveraging its proprietary software analysis tools with big data and machine learning technologies and supported by an expansive collection of clinical and scientific data, Medicrea is well-placed to streamline the efficiency of spinal care, reduce procedural complications and limit time spent in the operating room.

Operating in a $10 billion marketplace, Medicrea is a Small and Medium sized Enterprise (SME) with 175 employees worldwide, which includes 50 who are based in the U.S. The Company has an ultra-modern manufacturing facility in Lyon, France housing the development and production of 3D-printed titanium patient-specific implants.

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Founder, Chairman and CEO
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Chief Financial Officer
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