Designation allows the delivery of critical biologic technology to over 160 hospitals across America’s largest integrated healthcare system
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August 1, 2016 – Scottsdale, AZ – Lattice Biologics Ltd. (TSX-V: LBL) (OTCBB: BLVKF) (the “Company”) announced today that it has received preferred vendor status with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the health and medical services arm of the US Department of Veteran Affairs (the VA). The VHA is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,233 health care facilities, including 168 VA Medical Centers and 1,053 VHA outpatient clinics, serving more than 8.9 million Veterans each year.1 This prestigious distinction was facilitated through the agreement established by Lattice Biologics’ National Director of Sales, Darrell Denslow’s distributorship, 3D Spine, which specializes in spinal and orthopedic implants.
“We are honored to serve the Country’s veterans through our life-changing allografts and surgical support. As a US Air Force veteran, helping achieve the mission of meeting the needs of our service members is especially close to my heart,” shared Darrell Denslow. “This is some of the most important work we can do.”
“We view the opportunity to provide our high quality products to veterans as a key part of the VHA’s “Blueprint for Excellence,” which includes the four themes: improve performance; promote a positive culture of service; advance health care innovation for veterans and the country; and increase operational effectiveness and accountability,” stated Lattice Biologics CEO, Guy Cook.
“In particular,” continued Cook “the application of Lattice’s technology will help deliver the Blueprint’s second strategy, to ‘Deliver high quality, Veteran-centered care that compares favorably to the best of private sector in measured outcomes, value, efficiency, and patient experience,’ which makes our whole team extremely proud.”
Meeting the Demand – Solutions Tailored to the VA’s Needs:
Lattice Biologics’ products and technology align with a wide range of traditional hospital-based services provided by VHA Medical Centers, such as: surgical specialty, critical care, orthopedics, neurology, oncology, podiatry, and plastic surgery. The centers also offer mental health services, organ transplants, pharmacy, radiology, physical therapy, prosthetics, urology, and vision care.
Lattice Biologics’ catalogue of biologic products offers solutions for a large number of medical cases VA Hospitals typically treat. When analyzing injuries sustained by deployed soldiers, researchers identified that orthopedic injuries were the most common of all disease and non-battle related injuries. For example, musculoskeletal injuries represented 50% of all disease and non-battle related injuries — and 38% of all losses from the combat zone — for a large Army unit deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Of the musculoskeletal injuries, 40% involved the upper extremities, 43% the lower extremities, and 17% the axial spine, with hand (17.5%), lumbar spine (13.5%), knee (13.5%), ankle (13.5%), and shoulder (11.8%) locations as the most frequent sites of injury.2 Lattice’s solutions for orthopedic indications include: traditional, Spinal, and particulate allografts as well as 100% demineralized bone matrix putty.
Additionally, the Company offers a wide range of membrane and barrier allografts, such as AdMatrix acellular dermal matrix products, which are beneficial in a variety of common surgical applications for veterans:
- Enhancing fusion in spine surgery
- Advanced healing for reconstruction and plastic surgeries
- Effective sports medicine indications, including ACL repair
- Promotion of bone regeneration in foot and ankle surgery
- Promotion of skull healing following neurosurgery
- Enhancing wound repair in burn victims
- Subchondral bone defect repair in knee and other joint surgeries
This preferred status represents a significant financial opportunity for the Company. The VHA administers an annual budget of approximately $59 billion, overseeing the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans, with more than 305,000 health care professionals and support staff employees.1
Lattice Biologics Ltd.
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About Lattice Biologics Ltd.:
Lattice Biologics recently completed its RTO, becoming a publically traded company on January 4, 2016 and is traded on the TSX-V under the symbol: LBL. The Company is an emerging personalized/precision medicine leader in the field of cellular therapies and tissue engineering, with a focus on bone, skin, and cartilage regeneration.
Lattice Biologics develops and manufactures biologic products to domestic and international markets. Lattice’s products are used in a variety of surgical applications.
Lattice Biologics maintains its headquarters, laboratory and manufacturing facilities in Scottsdale, Arizona as well as offices in Toronto Ontario. The facility includes ISO Class 1000 and ISO Class 100 clean rooms, and specialized equipment capable of crafting traditional allografts and precision specialty allografts for various clinical applications. The Lattice Biologics team includes highly trained tissue bank specialists, surgical technicians, certified sterile processing and distribution technicians, and CNC operators who maintain the highest standards of aseptic technique throughout each step of the manufacturing process. From donor acceptance to the final packaging and distribution of finished allografts, Lattice is committed to maintaining the highest standards of allograft quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction.
Lattice Biologics maintains all necessary licensures to process and sell its tissue engineered products within the U.S. and internationally. This includes Certificates to Foreign Governments from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and registrations for 29 countries, which allow the export of bone, tendon, meniscus, ligament, soft tissue, and cartilage products outside of the U.S.
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