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New Board Members Elected During Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) Annual Meeting

6/29/2006 10:17:34 AM

WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) continues its growth with the addition of two new Board members.

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During MDMA's recent annual meeting on June 14, association members voted to approve Alex Lukianov, Chairman and CEO of NuVasive in San Diego, CA, and Jo Ellen Slurzberg, Vice President, Reimbursement and Health Policy for Almyra Inc., in Boxborough, MA.

"Jo Ellen has been an active MDMA member for many years, and her experience and insight on reimbursement issues have been invaluable. We look forward to having her expertise on our Board," said Mark Leahey, Executive Director of MDMA. "With more than 20 years in the orthopedic industry with both large and small companies, Alex brings a wealth of medical device experience to bear as a member of our Board of Directors."

"I am pleased to be a member of MDMA and to have been chosen to serve on the association's Board," Lukianov said. "MDMA is out in front of the issues that affect innovative, entrepreneurial medical technology companies, and I look forward to contributing my time and energy to their effort."

"It is an honor to be elected by the MDMA Board of Directors and member companies to serve on the MDMA Board," Slurzberg said. "I look forward to continuing my work with MDMA, working toward a positive reimbursement environment for the patients our innovations serve, and representing reimbursement issues at a Board level."

Mr. Lukianov joined NuVasive as CEO in July 1999. He has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the orthopedic industry and has been associated with building many highly successful companies, including Medtronic Sofamor Danek, the BackCare Group, and Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics. Mr. Lukianov also serves on the boards of the California Health Institute, BIOCOM, and Ophthonix, a privately held venture-backed company. He attended Rutgers University and served in the U.S. Navy.

Ms. Slurzberg joined Almyra Inc., a private international medical device holding company, in June of 2004 as Vice President, where she is responsible for strategic reimbursement, health policy, and business development. For the three years prior to joining Almyra, she was part of the executive consulting team at Boston Healthcare Associates, serving as Vice President of Consulting, leading the strategic reimbursement practice, consulting to the medical device, in vitro diagnostics, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industry, as well as to various investment banks and venture capital firms. In 2005, MX magazine profiled her among four U.S. reimbursement experts for the year. Ms. Slurzberg holds a bachelors degree from the University of Virginia.

Other MDMA board members include Wayne Barlow of Wescor, Inc.; Stan Bauman of Immuno-Mycologics, Inc.; Nancy Briefs of Percardia, Inc. (Board Chair); Chris Chavez of Advanced Neuromodulation Systems; Kelvyn Cullimore, Jr. of Dynatronics Corporation; Ryan Drant of New Enterprise Associates; Ron Earle, board member emeritus; Kenneth Hayes of Radiant Medical, Inc.; W. Bradford Gary of Allergan; Eamonn Hobbs of AngioDynamics, Inc.; Joe Kiani of Masimo Corporation; J. Casey McGlynn of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Guy Nohra of Alta Partners; Paul Touhey of Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc.; Thomas Thompson of Neuro Resource Group; Russ Trenary of Advanced Medical Optics; and Mark Wan of Three Arch Partners.

The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) is a national trade association based in Washington, D.C., that represents and serves the innovators and entrepreneurs in the medical device industry. MDMA seeks to improve the quality of patient care by encouraging the development of new medical technology and fostering the availability of innovative products in the marketplace.

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CONTACT: Christopher Delporte, Director of Communications of the MedicalDevice Manufacturers Association, +1-202-349-7173

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