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OrthoVation Center announced in Whitley County

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (June 15, 2010) – Executives of Whitley County-based Micropulse, Inc. announced today the formation of the OrthoVation Center™.

“This facility will provide office space and support services for startup companies in the medical device industry,” said Micropulse President & CEO Brian Emerick, “Our aim is to establish Whitley County as a center of excellence for product development, innovation and commercialization in this growing field.” A wide range of support services are provided as needed for these incubator companies including; administration, accounting, information technology, product design, engineering support, testing, prototyping, manufacturing, regulatory consulting, inventory management and distribution of product.

Micropulse is a leader in medical device design and manufacturing, providing a seamless, quality-integrated manufacturing process built upon integrity and uncompromising service. The OrthoVation Center™, housed in the most recent expansion at Micropulse, is currently home to four young medical device companies: Del Palma Orthopedics, Nanovis, BioSpine and Sites Medical.

“Whitley County’s proximity to the Warsaw-based orthopedic industry and Fort Wayne-based amenities provides an ideal location to support medical device startup companies,” said Sites Medical President & CEO Greg Stalcup, “I am excited about the opportunity to have the support of an industry leader like Micropulse to launch our company.”

Whitley County Commissioners and County Council have approved a request for CEDIT-based assistance to support infrastructure improvements associated with the project.

“Whitley County strongly supports establishment of the OrthoVation CenterTM,” said County Commissioner Mike Schrader, “We will continue to work with Micropulse, Sites Medical and other ventures to encourage the future growth of this technology development facility.”

About Micropulse, Inc
Founded in 1988, Micropulse, Inc. is a design and manufacturing firm focused on providing precision surgical instruments, implants and delivery systems to the global orthopedic industry. For more information about Micropulse, visit: www.micropulseinc.com

About Del Palma Orthopedics, LLC
Del Palma Orthopedics, LLC (DPO) is an innovative product development company. Its goal is to develop new and innovative technology including devices and techniques for the Global Orthopedic Upper and Lower Extremity market place. Del Palma’s goal is to be a: “Surgeon Driven Company ™” that will “Advance Today’s Techniques with Tomorrow’s Technology™”. Its product development strategy is to be a surgeon driven company that will rely primarily on its founding surgeon members and members of their Surgeon Product Development Board to be the driving force behind the company’s ongoing product development initiatives.

Nanovis, LLC
Nanovis is a technology development company with a laboratory and offices at the Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University in West Lafayette and administrative and engineering offices at Micropulse. Its product portfolio includes nano surfaces that can be applied to many human implantable medical devices that provide a better acceptance and promotes better tissue integration, less inflammation and reduced infection rates. Nanovis is also introducing its own nano surfaced portfolio of spine fusion products.

About BioSpine,LLC
BioSpine is a developer of innovative implants for the human spine that improve patient outcomes and procedural efficiency.

About Sites Medical LLC
Sites Medical’s primary focus is to develop innovative solutions to benefit the Orthopedic Patient and Surgeon. Technologies currently under development are focused on Spine, Sports Medicine, and Orthopedic Oncology (bone cancer). Working with our Surgeon and Industry partners we aspire to become the premier technology and product provider within the Medical Marketplace.

About Whitley County EDC
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients’ growth and success. Our mission is to is to implement a unified economic development effort and to expand employment and business opportunities for the benefit of the people of Whitley County by developing and maintaining cooperation of all individuals, groups, and organizations within the county. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit www.whitleyedc.com.


Media Contacts:
Brian Emerick (Micropulse Inc.& BioSpine) – 260.625.3304
Greg Stalcup (Sites Medical LLC) – 260.484.2826
Alan Tio (Whitley County EDC) – 260.244.5506
Matt Hedrick (Nanovis, LLC) – 317-507-1058
Rod Mayer (DelPalma, LLC) – 888-875-4376

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